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False Confessions

2016: Making A Murderer Dominates The Year in False Confession News

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.25.2016 | Crime
Steve Drizin

On December 18, 2015, NETFLIX released Making a Murderer ("MAM"), a 10-part docuseries written and directed by first-time filmmakers Moira Demos and L...

Nancy Grace: 'Nothing Wrong' With How Police Interrogated Brendan Dassey In 'Making A Murderer'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.16.2016 | Media

Arguing that there was “nothing wrong” with the controversial police interrogation that led to his imprisonment, HLN host Nancy Grace said this we...

Inside the Etan Patz Case: False Confessions

Adam Sirois | Posted 05.20.2016 | Crime
Adam Sirois

I am the lone juror who voted not guilty in the Etan Patz case. As the re-trial of Mr. Hernandez will commence next September, I am launching a series of blogs that offer my inside perspective on the original trial and deliberations.

These Panels Could Be The Best Hope For Innocent Victims Of The Criminal Justice System

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Vanessa Gathers was convicted on robbery and assault charges in 1998 for the death of a 71-year-old Brooklyn man. She was sentenced to 10 years in pri...

Why We're More Likely To Make False Confessions If We're Sleep-Deprived

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.11.2016 | Science

On Netflix's blockbuster show"Making A Murderer," shocked audiences watched a teenage boy sentenced to decades in prison for murder on the basis of a ...

A Record Number Of People Were Exonerated In 2015 For Crimes They Didn’t Commit

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

The Netfilx hit true-crime series “Making a Murderer” leaves many people wondering: Just how common is the story of a wrongful conviction in Ameri...

Theft By Press Conference: Stealing A Defendant's Presumption of Innocence With Prejudicial Pre-Trial Publicity

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.29.2017 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Making A Murderer , Netflix's smash documentary series was a revelation, opening my eyes to many things about Steven Avery's case that I did not know before.

"Making A Murderer": Justice Weeps

Marsha Levick | Posted 01.20.2017 | HuffPost Home
Marsha Levick

Like thousands of others transfixed by the Netflix Documentary Making a Murderer, I was alternately struck by feelings of rage, shock, sadness, and di...

7 Terrifying Things 'Making A Murderer' Illustrates About American Justice

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Netflix’s gripping true crime series “Making a Murderer” explores the complex case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was wrongfully convicted...

Our Judicial System: Ignoring Injustice or Colluding in It?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.18.2017 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Prosecutors have the power to prevent almost all wrongful convictions by seeking the truth, not just a conviction. If the pursuit of justice were the only goal, innocent men and women would not find themselves collateral casualties.

'Making A Murderer' And Why Teens Make False Confessions

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living

Netflix's latest true crime documentary, "Making A Murderer," has raised a lot of questions about guilt and innocence, and not just in the case of its...

Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.07.2017 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

Overturned: After 25 years, John Hincapie Is Freed

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 12.11.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The nightmare that John Hincapie had to endure lasted for a quarter century. It all started when he was 17 years old, when the police beat a false con...

Wrongful Convictions Then and Now: The Tragic Case of George Stinney, Jr.

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.05.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American, was charged with murdering two young white girls: Betty June Binnicker, 11 and Mary Emma Thames, seven. Their bodies were found stabbed to death in the lumber mill town of Alcolu.

The Myth Of The Central Park Five

The Daily Beast | Edward Conlon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices

The only time that I’m pretty sure that I locked up the wrong man was during a gang war in the South Bronx, a few years ago. There were five or six ...

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

False Confessions: A Review of 2014

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

2014 was a landmark year in false confessions. Here's my year-end list of highlights.

Amazing Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

In my life as a lawyer, I've been privileged to play a role in exonerating a number of innocent men and women. But last week, as I sat in a Brooklyn courtroom, waiting for State Supreme Court Judge Matthew J. D'Emic to vacate the convictions of David McCallum and Willie Stuckey, I knew I was witnessing something special.

Police in Death Penalty States Must Be Required to Record Interrogations

Steve Drizin | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

The recent exonerations of Leon Brown and Henry Lee McCollum in North Carolina again underscore the need to require police to record interrogations of suspects.

The Truth About False Confessions

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It is hard -- near impossible -- for most of us to believe that innocent people sometime falsely confess to committing horrible crimes. In fact, most people insist that they would never confess to a murder or rape that they did not commit. Not under any circumstances. But Henry Lee McCollum did.

Northwestern and Michigan Are Partners in the Pursuit of Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted

Steve Drizin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Although Michigan and Northwestern may battle one another in Big Ten sports, although our universities may fight each other for the best and the brightest students, we have become powerful partners in the pursuit of justice.

The Central Park $40 Million

Thea Johnson | Posted 08.27.2014 | Crime
Thea Johnson

The payoff for the rest of us will come if the very expensive lessons learned from the case prevent this kind of injustice from happening again.

Knox and Sollecito: Victims of a Prosecutor's 'Conspiracy Theories' to Explain Away DNA

Steve Drizin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent of Meredith Kercher's murder. The easiest way for us to clarify their innocence is to examine the case in the context of our work on false confessions and the lessons we have learned from working in the Innocence Movement.

Guiltless Guilty Pleas

Joel Cohen | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

The dirty little secret in the administration of criminal justice is that sometimes -- indeed, way too often -- innocent people plead guilty.

All Eyes Will Be on New York in 2014 When It Comes to Police Interrogations and False Confessions

Steve Drizin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

The New York Court of Appeals is a bellwether court, meaning that High Court's decisions in Aveni and Thomas are bound to have influence well beyond New York's borders. I'm hoping that the Court not only provides justice for Messrs. Aveni and Thomas, but crafts its decision in a way that helps to prevent future coerced and false confessions.