Criminal Law, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, Translation, True Crime

The Experts Agree: No Unknown DNA at the Söring Crime Scene

First, the newest episode of the Söring podcast Small Town Big Crime is out. Listen to it here, and contribute on Patreon here. In this episode, called "The Reckoning", we finally find out whether William Shifflett's DNA matched any of the "two unknown men" who supposedly bled at the crime scene. I confidently predicted that… Continue reading The Experts Agree: No Unknown DNA at the Söring Crime Scene

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, 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

Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Education, Mental State, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors

Review of “The Judge and His Victim” on Miscarriages of Justice in Germany

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