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Ending Wrongful Convictions: No Room for Error

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Lorenzo Johnson

The record number of exonerations of innocent prisoners last year shows that something is very wrong with our judicial system. If the saying "the proof is in the numbers" is true, then why is this system moving at a snail's pace to combat the causes of wrongful convictions?

Sobering Lessons From the Lone Juror in the Etan Patz Case

Dan Simon | Posted 05.15.2016 | Home
Dan Simon

The Hernandez case confirms the adage that "confession is the queen of evidence." Even without a shred of physical evidence, an almost unanimous jury voted for conviction based on a 33-year-old statement, given by a man suffering from a personality disorder and limited intelligence.

Police in Death Penalty States Must Be Required to Record Interrogations

Steve Drizin | Posted 11.23.2014 | Home
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.

Interrogating Terrorism Suspects and the Search for Truth

Zoe Dolan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Home
Zoe Dolan

President Obama recently released a statement on the apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is alleged to have played a role in the attacks on Americans in Benghazi and is now reported to be "talking freely" without a lawyer. Are uncounseled statements by suspects a good thing?

Senate Asks CIA To Share Damning Report On Interrogations

The New York Times | Posted 12.18.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the C.I.A. for an internal study done by the agency that lawmakers believe is broadly criti...

False Confession Case Should Lead Federal Investigative Agencies to Start Recording Suspects' Interrogations

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Steve Drizin

Today, the FBI and most other federal investigatory agencies are out of tune with the current best practice for interrogating suspects who are under arrest and in custody: recording interrogations electronically, preferably on video, to capture exactly what was said and done during closed-door interviews.

May I Have the Waterboard Please...

Allen Keller | Posted 04.27.2013 | Home
Allen Keller

President Obama emphasized we need to "turn the page" on the abuses committed under the Bush administration. But as Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy so aptly states, "We can't turn the page unless we first read the page."

Rep. King: Meet Muslim-American Heroes

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Alexander

I know what Muslim-American interpreters and soldiers are doing for their country -- some are now buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Representative King's words are an insult to those heroes.

Jason Linkins

Abdulmutallab Investigation Makes The Case For Lawful Interrogation Instead Of Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

I was puzzled to read Marc Thiessen make the claim that the Obama administration was getting too good at eliminating terrorists with drone strikes.

Jason Linkins

Marc Thiessen Suggests That Killing Terrorists Poses A National Security Risk | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Former Bush speechwriter and torture-thrillist Marc Thiessen has, of late, been mounting some sort of prolonged campaign of pure, mountain-grown idioc...

Interrogation Elite

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Alexander

Obama's administration announced the creation of an elite inter-agency interrogation team to handle captured high-level intelligence targets.

FBI Interrogators At Gitmo Acted Like Frat Boys On Spring Break: Female Agent

Courthouse News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The first full-time female FBI agent to be stationed at Guantanamo says she was made to bunk with vermin that gave her a tropical disease and was ostr...

Former Senior Interrogator in Iraq Dissects Cheney's Lies and Distortions

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Alexander

Our greatest success in this conflict was achieved without torture or abuse. My interrogation team found Abu Musab Al Zarqawi using relationship-building approaches and non-coercive law enforcement techniques.

U.S. Relying More On Allies In Questioning Terror Suspects

New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The United States is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain all but the highest-level terrorist suspe...

My Written Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Alexander

This is my full testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse read a portion of this statement near the end of today's hearing.

24: A Thriller With Few Surprises

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Danzig

Junior soldiers have imitated techniques they have seen on the program. And military educators report that "24" is one of the biggest problems they have in their classrooms.

Marching Toward Justice on the 217th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Caroline Fredrickson

When our nation's founders ratified the Bill of Rights 217 years ago today, they knew that justice could not be served in secret, and that punishment doled out in the shadows inexorably leads to illegitimacy.

Truthfulness, Justice and the American Way

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Gordon

While the fate of the nation hangs in the balance, so does that of Troy Anthony Davis. He personifies the continuing threat to justice (and to life) of our de facto judicial system.

Guantanamo Detainees Allege Being Injected With Drugs To Coerce Confessions

Washington Post | Joby Warrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Adel al-Nusairi remembers his first six months at Guantanamo Bay as this: hours and hours of questions, but first, a needle. "I'd fall asleep" after ...