Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Technology

German Courts and Police Don’t Record Interrogations or Court Testimony

The Guardian recently ran an outstanding investigative piece on one of Germany's most notorious post-war crimes, the abduction and killing of the "girl in the box", Ursula Herrmann. Herrmann was abducted on 15 September 1981 while riding her bike in a prosperous lakeside town near Munich. Her kidnappers contact the parents asking for ransom, but… Continue reading German Courts and Police Don’t Record Interrogations or Court Testimony

Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Soering

DNA Identification, Circumstantial Evidence, and Jens Soering

[source] One of the first things they teach you in law school is that circumstantial evidence is just as powerful as direct evidence. In fact, they say, the distinction is irrelevant and misleading. "But that's only circumstantial evidence!" is the type of thing that non-lawyers think is a winning argument, but which isn't. Why is… Continue reading DNA Identification, Circumstantial Evidence, and Jens Soering