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

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