I'm back after a long hiatus, thanks for your patience. I've just had tons of work lately on many different projects, and I needed to figure out how to fit in time for the blog. This post will be about German prison sentences, specifically the longest ones for the most serious crimes. Before that, though,… Continue reading What’s the Maximum Punishment under German Criminal Law?
Doing some research in the press archives, I ran across several stories in the British press mentioning the "voodoo" allegations. I'd never actually been all that clear on what these were, but they were lurid indeed: "Blood was smeared in a triangle on the living room floor, furniture was turned to face north, the figure… Continue reading The ‘Voodoo’ Story and Söring’s Confessions
And now to the report of Dr. Andy Griffiths itself. You can download the English original here. A German translation apparently prepared by one of Söring's supporters (not me) can be downloaded here. I will cite the report as GR (Griffiths Report). If I cite another source, I will make that clear. I informed Dr.… Continue reading Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 2 of 2
Why, I've often asked myself on this blog and elsewhere, do German journalists travel the globe looking for miscarriages of justice both real and imagined, without giving a thought to simply visiting the nearest jail or court and seeing if there are any just around the corner? After all, Germans are more familiar with their… Continue reading Review of “The Judge and His Victim” on Miscarriages of Justice in Germany
First, I have some delightful news: My big article about the case of Jens Söring for the FAZ was finally published earlier today. Of course, the article is in German, and it's behind a paywall, but this link may get you the full version for a certain amount of time. If you would like to… Continue reading 10 Söring Myths, Part 8: Why Söring Confessed (Diminished Capacity)