July 28, 2018

Fewer maxims have greater resonance in United States common law jurisprudence than the presumption of innocence. Fused at the interpretative hip with reasonable doubt, it is more than an assumption and remains sacrosanct in American legal doctrine.

Established in the US...

July 21, 2018

It was a vague and apathetic silence that consigned Brendan Dassey’s fight for justice among the 99% of cert petitions denied by the justices of the United States Supreme Court.  The jaunt from docketing to distribution to denial was breathtaking. The indisputable real...

After listening to hours of Brendan Dassey’s interrogations, multiple times, there are many issues to highlight but there is one segment among them that plays on repeat in my mind.  Hearing Brendan’s curious and genuine concern if he is going to get back to “6th hour”...

The Supreme Court long has recognized that in enforcing constitutional rights it must pay attention to the fact that juveniles are different from adults and that a criminal suspect’s mental condition can make him susceptible to coercion by police interrogators.

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June 21, 2018

Professor Steven Drizin & Laura Nirider discuss the case before the Supreme Court; Dassey v Dittman with Rabia O'Choudary.

June 16, 2018

"This is an unbelievably important case,” says Wilmer Hale's Seth Waxman, who wrote the petition on Brendan Dassey’s behalf. The petition had been on the justices' Thursday conference list but was later rescheduled.

It is rare for a cert petition to include discs that w...

June 15, 2018

It was the crime story that gripped millions. Now the US Supreme Court will consider whether a 16-year-old was coerced into confessing.

Two and a half years ago millions of Netflix viewers became obsessed with a documentary series called Making a Murderer, a dark and tw...

June 13, 2018

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to weigh in on the case of Brendan Dassey, convicted “co-star” of the 2015 Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer." The court should review the case because it raises many troubling issues about coercive techniq...

June 13, 2018

 Editors Note: Marty Tankleff, J.D., was sentenced to prison for the murder of his parents before his conviction was overturned nearly 18 years later. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown University and a Member of the New York State Task Force on...