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

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Soering, True Crime

Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 1 of 2

I. Introduction: The Griffiths Report Exists! Welcome to the first of two posts discussing Dr. Andy Griffiths' report on the questioning of Jens Söring. As followers of the Söring case know, Andy Griffiths is a retired English detective who runs a law-enforcement consulting business. By all accounts Griffiths is the real deal -- he has… Continue reading Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 1 of 2

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Discrimination Law, Police and Prosecutors

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht über Rassismus in den USA: Ein Leserbrief an die NZZ

Sehr geehrte Redaktion der NZZ, Am 5.6.2020 veröffentlichte die NZZ einen Beitrag von Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht über Rassismus und Polizeigewalt in den Vereinigten Staaten unter dem Titel: "Wie kann es immer wieder zu Gewalt gegen Afroamerikaner kommen – wenn doch eine Mehrheit solche Akte ablehnt?" Leider enthält der Artikel zahlreiche Fehler. Gumbrecht schreibt z.B.: "[D]er afroamerikanische… Continue reading Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht über Rassismus in den USA: Ein Leserbrief an die NZZ