June 2020

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Attacking the False Confession: Selecting a jury, hiring an expert, and examining police interrogation methods


Articles in this Issue

  1. Affiliate News

    What events are NACDL affiliates hosting this month? Find out here.

    Gerald Lippert

  2. An Overview of Expert Psychological Testimony in False Confession Cases

    When contesting a confession as false, it behooves the defense lawyer to understand the psychological principles that got the defendant into his predicament. The authors provide an overview of three different expert witnesses that may be able to assist the defense: false confession experts, clinical forensic experts, and polygraph experts.

    Brian L. Cutler, Jeffrey S. Neuschatz, and Charles R. Honts

  3. Attacking the False Confession: Advocacy in the State Forum

    Wrongful convictions stemming from false confessions and a growing field of false confession research have paved the way for greater public understanding of factors that lead to false confessions. The authors explore the underlying causes of false confessions and the importance of state-level reform.

    Rebecca Brown, Michelle Feldman, Nigel Quiroz, and Marguerite Sacerdote

  4. Book Review: Criminal Defense-Based Forensic Social Work Edited by Ashley Ratliff & Maren Willins

    This month Chloe Reyes and Patrick Keenan-Devlin review Criminal Defense-Based Forensic Social Work by Ashley Ratliff and Maren Willins (Editors).

    Chloe Reyes and Patrick Keenan-Devlin

  5. Book Review: No Place on the Corner by Jan Haldipur

    This month Thomas J. Farrell reviews No Place on the Corner: The Costs of Aggressive Policing by Jan Haldipur.

    Thomas J. Farrell

  6. From The President: Third-Party Doctrine in the Age of COVID-19

    Although businesses and individuals were sharing information and data with third-party vendors long before the COVID-19 outbreak, use of remote work tools is sure to endure long after the outbreak passes, making privacy concerns even more important.

    Nina J. Ginsberg

  7. How Interrogation Became Interviewing in the UK: Can It Happen in the US?

    Police interrogation, with its connotations of coercion and a confession-oriented approach, is a controversial part of policing in the United States. In the United Kingdom, however, coerced false confessions have become consigned to history. How did the UK do it?

    Andy Griffiths and Eric Shepherd

  8. Jury Selection in False Confession Defense Cases

    Some prospective jurors simply cannot accept the idea that a client’s confession was false. Finding these jurors and striking them, preferably for cause, is the goal in jury selection when a false confession is involved.

    Elizabeth Fischer

  9. Letter to the Editor: Court Interpreters Help to Protect the Constitutional Rights of the Accused.

    In her letter to the editor, Katty Kauffman points out that court interpreters play a vital role in protecting a defendant’s constitutional rights.

    Katty Kauffman

  10. NACDL News: Groups Issue Guidance for Public Health Approaches in Criminal Justice COVID-19 Response

    NACDL News for June 2020

    Ivan J. Dominguez, Kate Holden, and Madeline K. Sklar

  11. NACDL News: NACDL Decries Criminalization as Response to COVID-19, Warns of Disparate Impact

    NACDL News for June 2020

    Ivan J. Dominguez, Kate Holden, and Madeline K. Sklar

  12. NACDL News: The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL Launch Documentary About the Trial Penalty

    NACDL News for June 2020

    Ivan J. Dominguez, Kate Holden, and Madeline K. Sklar

  13. Police, False Confessions, and a Framework for Change in the US

    The mere act of recording an interrogation does not prevent someone from confessing to a crime he did not commit. To truly protect against false confessions, it is necessary to transform police interrogation methods so that they keep up with science and best-known practices. This article presents a framework to reduce police-induced false confessions.

    George Cronin and Marissa Boyers Bluestine

  14. Reforming Police Use of Deadly Force to Arrest

    State laws should make it clear that allowing suspects to escape immediate apprehension for almost every crime is a more reasonable alternative than killing them. The use of deadly force should be reserved for instances when suspects are objectively an imminent danger to either a police officer or the public.

    Steven M. Salky and Joshua A. Levy

  15. White Collar Crime Policy: The Perjury Factory in White Collar Cases

    The testimony of cooperators in white collar cases is created in a perjury factory. The factory produces perjury through (1) multiple interviews with the government, (2) tactical use of the grand jury, (3) selective notetaking by prosecutors and agents, and (4) witness preparation.

    John W. Keker