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Imagining a President Who Speaks 'Truth to Power' on Juvenile Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Steve Drizin

It's time for the president to be decisive on another issue that not only has support among his base but also among an increasingly vocal minority of conservative and libertarian Republicans. It is time for the president to speak out about "mass incarceration."

Remembering Jane Raley, Advocate for the Innocent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 01.07.2015 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

She was the consummate professional, a criminal defense lawyer who was not afraid to cry with her clients. She could also laugh, cracking up her colleagues with salty comments about some of the bad actors in the wrongful conviction cases she pursued.

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.

The Final Round in Anthony McKinney's Quest for Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Had a new jury seen this new evidence of Anthony McKinney's innocence, it would have acquitted him. But Anthony never got the chance to prove his innocence in court. After serving 35 years in prison, Anthony died alone in his prison cell on August 27, 2013. He was 53.

More Amazing Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.28.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

I don't intend to dwell on this topic much further but there's one more astonishing act of grace -- from the most unlikely of sources -- I feel compelled to testify to. And it concerns David's greatest champion -- Dr. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

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.

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.

David & Me Chronicles Rubin Carter's Fight to Free David McCallum as He Fights for His Own Life

Steve Drizin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Young suspects like McCallum and Stuckey are like putty in the police's hands; they fold much more quickly under pressure.

False Confessions: A Review of 2013

Steve Drizin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Here's wishing a Happy New Year to all innocent men and women who remain in prison as a result of false confessions or who have yet to be exonerated. May 2014 bring you the justice you so richly deserve.

Philly Finally Makes Good On a Promise to Record Interrogations and Confessions

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.21.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

The failure to record entire interrogations left police officers open to allegations of abuse, and over the years has led some Philly judges to toss out confessions and other juries to acquit potentially guilty defendants when defendants have claimed they were coerced.

Will the 'The Big Apple' Trump 'The Windy City' When It Comes to False Confessions?

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Anxious detectives did not have the luxury of waiting for DNA results. Their orders were to close cases. The easiest way for them to do that was to pressure witnesses to make identifications, coerce confessions from suspects, or rely on snitches.

The Elkhart Four and the Unjust Application of the Felony Murder Rule on Teens

Steve Drizin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Even for adult offenders like 18-year-old Anthony Sparks, the felony murder rule should be constrained, especially in cases where the death of an accomplice was the result of an unpredictable, intervening event.

D.C. Has Three Of The Top 50 Law Schools For Getting Really, Really High Paying Jobs

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Want to make gobs of money as a lawyer? Want to make gobs of money and be taught employment discrimination law by a professor facing his...

Is The Foolproof Law Degree Becoming An Endangered Species?

Huffington Post | Fernanda Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

What if law school is no longer as lucrative as it used to be? And what if procuring funding to obtain a juris doctorate is akin to taking out a subpr...