February 12, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
WHY INNOCENT PEOPLE CONFESS - AND WHY CONFESSIONS TRUMP INNOCENCE
Program Description: This presentation will address the question of why innocent people are targeted for suspicion, how they are induced to confess through the process of interrogation, and why their false confessions, even when recanted are so persuasive to prosecutors, judges, juries, and appeals courts that ultimately they trump innocence. Also to be discussed: How to combat the biasing effects of confessions in crime labs and in the courts and what reforms are needed to prevent false confession-based wrongful convictionst.
CLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice (transitional and non-transitional)