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Confession Contamination in Cook County: Demonizing Youth in False Confession Narratives

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

In Cook County's juvenile false confession cases, police officers and prosecutors have taken confession contamination to a new level. Not only did they feed facts to suspects, they scripted entire narratives for them.

Hacker Given 3-Year Sentence For Helping Thousands Steal Internet Service

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.29.2012 | Technology

Internet service providers are increasingly looking for ways to charge customers more money for faster speeds and access to more data. For years, h...

When Juveniles Confess to Murders They Didn't Commit

David Protess | Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

False confessions happen all the time. They are particularly common in cases involving juveniles. What is distinctive about the Englewood Four case, and deeply troubling, is that State's Attorney Alvarez will not acknowledge the mistake.

Couple Says They Conceived During Sleep Sex

Posted 12.19.2011 | Weird News

A couple's 16-month-old son was created thanks to sexsomnia, at least according to a British tabloid. The Sun reports that Ryan and Dee Harris con...

Youngest Murder Defendent In High-Profile 1998 Case Now Guilty Of Attempted Murder

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At the age of 7, Romarr Gipson made headlines as the youngest murder suspect in Chicago history. Gipson and an 8-year-old friend were accused (and ult...

Why Young People Falsely Confess to Police

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

I've seen police lie to children in all manner of ways, telling one child that his dead sister's blood was found in his bedroom and a different boy that his father had awakened from a coma and told police the boy was his assailant.

Historically, Eight-Year-Old Killers Have Been Mythical

Rob Warden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warden

The confession of an eight-year-old boy to the murder of his father and another man last week in St. Johns, Arizona, is shocking. It also may be false.