Litigating False Confession Innocence Cases: Time-Tested and Innovative Approaches to the Use of Expert Testimony

Location: Nautilus 1
Date: Fri, March 24
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This panel on litigating false confession innocence cases focuses on how to effectively argue and expose a confession's unreliability, using the 2014 videotaped interrogation of Trevon Y., a 17-year-old Illinoisan, to highlight both time-tested and innovative approaches to the use of expert testimony on interrogations and confessions. Laura Nirider, Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth,  will present the case and discuss effective ways of litigating reliability in a post-conviction setting; renowned social psychologist Richard Leo (who served as an expert on Trevon's case) will discuss the contributions that a social scientist expert witness can make to a post-conviction (or pre-trial) claim of innocence in a confession case; and former District of Columbia homicide detective Jim Trainum will discuss a new approach to fighting false confessions: the use of a police practices expert to expose tunnel vision and shoddy interrogation practices.

201: Intermediate