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

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

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Murder, Soering

10 Söring Myths, Part 9: The Biased Judge

Welcome to Part 9 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",… Continue reading 10 Söring Myths, Part 9: The Biased Judge

Comparative Law, Self-Promotion, Translation

FAZ Reviews My Translation of Uwe Kischel’s ‘Comparative Law’

I recently had the honor of translating Comparative Law by Uwe Kischel for Oxford University Press. The book received glowing reviews in the German press, and, after being published earlier this year, also in the English-speaking press. The FAZ recently reviewed (g, paywall) my English translation, and had this to say (my translation): The book does… Continue reading FAZ Reviews My Translation of Uwe Kischel’s ‘Comparative Law’

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering

Jens Soering’s Guilt and a System Failure of German Journalism

UPDATE: 15 July. Full disclosure: this post has gotten some attention since I posted it. I've made a number of revisions to it after correspondence with people very familiar with the case, who graciously corrected some errors. I'm also reading 'Beyond Reason', the 1990 book about the case, and may update the post a bit… Continue reading Jens Soering’s Guilt and a System Failure of German Journalism