Comparative Law, Murder, Soering, True Crime

Söring’s New Press Tour Claims its First Gullible Victims

Hi there faithful readers! As I recently posted, Jens Söring has a new book coming out: "Return to Life". The obvious thing someone with a new book does is tour the country promoting it. Would Söring dare? After all, the other obvious thing an author with a book to promote can do is boost their… Continue reading Söring’s New Press Tour Claims its First Gullible Victims

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Racial Discrimination, True Crime

What’s the Ethnic Composition of German Prisons?

Whenever I speak with a certain type of German, the conversation turns to crime in America, and it goes a little like this: German: You Americans are quite racist. Your prisons are full of minorities! Me: So are yours. German: What? I don't think so. That sounds racist. Do you have any proof? Me: The… Continue reading What’s the Ethnic Composition of German Prisons?

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Self-Promotion, Social Media, True Crime

A Speech (in German) on Confessions

Sorry for the light posting recently. I've had some time-consuming projects, including preparing for this speech. I was invited by the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Düsseldorf to give a lecture on how confessions are handled from a legal perspective, as part of a lecture series on forensic linguistics. Here's a link, in case… Continue reading A Speech (in German) on Confessions

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

Things Söring’s Lawyers Definitely Did Not Do

Taking up a theme recently discussed on allmystery, let's look at Söring's stay in British prisons. When Jens Söring is asked why he confessed, he says it was to protect Elizabeth Haysom from the electric chair. This is usually enough for most journalists, who dutifully transcribe his story. Sometimes people dig a little deeper, though,… Continue reading Things Söring’s Lawyers Definitely Did Not Do

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

Lots and Lots of Legal Background on the Jens Söring Suppression Hearing

I just finished (re-) reading Jens Söring's testimony and cross-examination at his trial, which I will be posting about in some detail in the upcoming days/weeks, as my schedule permits. It turns out there's a pretty fascinating legal question raised by Söring's testimony at his suppression hearing -- just one of the many interesting legal… Continue reading Lots and Lots of Legal Background on the Jens Söring Suppression Hearing