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

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

What Happens when you Retract your Confession to a Crime?

The first thing Jens Söring says about his detailed confessions to the murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom is that he "retracted" (widerrief) them. At this point, Söring's supporters immediately move on to their favorite theories of his innocence. He retracted his confession! What more do you need to know? So what exactly does it… Continue reading What Happens when you Retract your Confession to a Crime?

BGH, Comparative Law, Criminal Law

Court Releases 3,025-Page (!) Judgment in NSU Case

The trial of members and supporters of the National Socialist Underground was the most complex and significant criminal trial in German history since the 1990 cases about the shootings at the Berlin Wall. The NSU was a three-person neo-Nazi terrorist cell (assisted by over 100 sympathizers) which committed numerous bank robberies and murdered 9 foreigners… Continue reading Court Releases 3,025-Page (!) Judgment in NSU Case