As a service to its alumni, the College of Law is happy to provide free CLE credits during the 2012-2013 academic year as it provides a wonderful opportunity to use the facility and reconnect. While we are able to offer the CLE course to Alumni of the College at no cost, all other attendees will be asked to pay a $20 fee at the door, exact change is required. All attendees are responsible for costs related to parking. For more information on where to park, please see below.
Police Interrogations and False Confessions
Moderator: Professor Brian Bornstein
DATE: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
TIME: 12:00 - 1:00pm
College of Law, room TBA
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
In about 25% of DNA exoneration cases, innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or pled guilty. These cases show that confessions are not always prompted by internal knowledge or actual guilt, but are sometimes motivated by external influences. This was one of the factors in the Beatrice Six case handled by the Nebraska Innocence Project. Attorney General Jon Bruning declared the Beatrice Six innocent in 2008. It can be hard to understand why someone would falsely testify to a crime. This CLE will go over the problems in the Beatrice Six case and other cases and discuss policy reforms the Innocence Project believes can prevent false confessions.