Innocence Project estimates that approximately 25% of
their cases resulting in exoneration after examination of DNA
evidence involve people who made incriminating statements,
including confessions, about crimes they did not commit.
Why do innocent people confess? What is it about law
enforcement methods, interrogation techniques, and trial procedures
that make it possible for our justice system to convict not only
the truly guilty but also the truly innocent? And how can we bring
about effective systematic change, permitting law enforcement
officials to seek "the golden standard" of the true confession, yet
root out the false positives?
The Temple Law Review's 2012 Symposium, False Confessions:
Intersecting Science, Ethics, and the Law, will explore the
intersections between social science, ethics, and the law to
find answers to these pressing questions. The Symposium will take a
multidisciplinary approach, featuring leading scholars and
practitioners who will provide their insight in the interest of
raising awareness, explaining new developments in the law and their
scholarly research, and suggesting new policies to deal with the
life-altering consequences of False Confessions.
Featured speakers include Saul Kassin of the John Jay College of
Criminal Justice and Byron Halsee, a DNA exoneree. To register,
please visit http://sites.temple.edu/lawreview/symposia/2012-symposium/.