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Monday, September 26, 2011

Moneyball
 
This excellent article has nothing to do with false confessions, except it reminds us not to trust the conventional wisdom -- a lesson with surpassing importance for criminal justice.  
 
 
10:25 am est

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Execution of Troy Davis
 
We may never know whether Troy Davis was innocent, and that alone makes his execution terrifying. Thanks to the Innocence Project, we know that innocent people are wrongly convicted (with false confessions one of the leading causes). That should give us great pause before executing anyone, particularly when there are serious questions as to his guilt. This is a sad day.
 
 
1:02 pm est

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Appalling
 
In last night's GOP presidential debate, Rick Perry was asked whether he worries that Texas has or will execute someone innocent. He made it clear that he considers the notion inconceivable. Is Perry somehow unfamiliar with what the Innocence Project has taught us about  wrongful convictions (many stemming from false confessions)? How can anyone not acknowledge the risk of executing the innocent?
 
2:50 pm est


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