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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Prosecutorial Resistance
 
This article in the NY Times concerns something I've written about: prosecutors who refuse to accept DNA exonerations. This happens quite a bit in cases of false confessions, because prosecutors (like others) have trouble accepting that an innocent person would confess.
 
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Plea Bargains
As this article suggests, more than 90% of criminal cases are resolved by plea bargaining. It's crucial to realize that plea agreements are a fertile source of false confessions. Let's hope the forthcoming Supreme Court cases discussed in the article provide more protection against ill-advised pleas.
 
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