Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

Söring Interview in ‘Der Spiegel’; Another Change in Söring’s Story

After returning to Germany on December 17, 2019, Jens Söring took a few months to get re-accustomed to freedom before going public. And now, finally, he's broken his media silence by giving an 8-hour interview (g) to three journalists from Der Spiegel, Germany's leading weekly news magazine. Söring was accompanied for the interview not only… Continue reading Söring Interview in ‘Der Spiegel’; Another Change in Söring’s Story

Federal Constitutional Court, International Law, Policy, Public Law

German Word of the Week: Reichsbürger

Before committing a racist mass-shooting in Hanau, Germany, the schizophrenic killer, Tobias R., had sent a petition (g) to the German Federal Prosecutor's Office asking them to initiate formal legal proceedings against the shadowy "intelligence service" which was tracking, stealing, and broadcasting his thoughts. This raised the issue of how, and whether, authorities should respond… Continue reading German Word of the Week: Reichsbürger

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Discrimination Law, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Self-Promotion, Soering, True Crime

10 Commandments for Better Reporting on American Criminal Trials

In December 2019, I was cordially invited by the German media-criticism website Übermedien to write a critique of how German journalists cover American criminal court cases. I decided to focus on two German documentaries about Germans in prison for murder in the United States. The result was published here (g) on January 23. I've translated that… Continue reading 10 Commandments for Better Reporting on American Criminal Trials

Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Education, Mental State, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors

Review of “The Judge and His Victim” on Miscarriages of Justice in Germany

Why, I've often asked myself on this blog and elsewhere, do German journalists travel the globe looking for miscarriages of justice both real and imagined, without giving a thought to simply visiting the nearest jail or court and seeing if there are any just around the corner? After all, Germans are more familiar with their… Continue reading Review of “The Judge and His Victim” on Miscarriages of Justice in Germany

Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, Translation

10 Söring Myths, Part 10: The Disappearing Defamation

Welcome to Part 10 of my series on myths and misconceptions in the innocence claims of Jens Söring. These were originally intended as teasers for a very long article I wrote in German for the FAZ about the Söring case. That article has now been published under the title “Last Words on the Söring Case”, you… Continue reading 10 Söring Myths, Part 10: The Disappearing Defamation