Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Self-Promotion, Soering

The “One Article to Read” About Jens Söring

My long piece about Jens Söring in the FAZ has fortunately produced no shitstorms, but instead favorable commentary, for which I'm grateful. In fact, a columnist for the German media website Meedia titled a weekly roundup of media news: "If you read just one article about the Jens Söring case, please make it this one… Continue reading The “One Article to Read” About Jens Söring

Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Self-Promotion, Soering

Jens Soering Freed by Virginia Parole Board at Same Time my FAZ Article is Published

For the past few months on and off, I've been researching the case of Jens Soering (or Söring, in the proper German spelling we're going to need to get used to). He claims to be innocent of the 1985 double-murder he is in prison in Virginia for, but the more I looked into the case,… Continue reading Jens Soering Freed by Virginia Parole Board at Same Time my FAZ Article is Published

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

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering

Jens Soering’s Guilt and a System Failure of German Journalism

UPDATE: 15 July. Full disclosure: this post has gotten some attention since I posted it. I've made a number of revisions to it after correspondence with people very familiar with the case, who graciously corrected some errors. I'm also reading 'Beyond Reason', the 1990 book about the case, and may update the post a bit… Continue reading Jens Soering’s Guilt and a System Failure of German Journalism

BGH, Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors

Christin and Her Murderers — Inside a German Murder Trial

(cross-posted to German Joys) The public radio station for Berlin-Brandenburg recently released an 8-part podcast -- "Christin and Her Murderers" exploring a German murder case. The podcast yields interesting insights into German criminal trials, mainly because the authors -- Martina Reuter und Uta Eisenhardt -- got unusual access to the main players in the case:… Continue reading Christin and Her Murderers — Inside a German Murder Trial