Officers Involved in Juan Rivera False Confession Now Teaching Other Cops…

Press release from the Center on Wrongful Convictions:

It’s hard to imagine anything more perverse: Two Lake County, Illinois, law enforcement officials involved in the false-confession cases of Juan Rivera and Jerry Hobbs have been teaching state-mandated courses required for state certification of lead homicide investigators.

Journalist Dan Hinkel discloses the situation in this morning’s Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-police-training-20120406,0,7358533.story?page=1&track=rss

State Senator William Haine, a former prosecutor who pushed for the certification program, told the Tribune he was “shocked” to learn that the two Lake County officials — Lou Tessmann and Jeffrey Pavletic — were teaching the course.

Tessmann and Pavletic, in Haine’s words, “have more baggage than a Greyhound bus.”

Steve Drizin, legal director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, said the courses taught by Tessmann and Pavletic threaten to spread Lake County’s flawed investigative practices throughout the state “like a virus.”

Lake County may be an extreme example, but Tessmann and Pavletic are hardly the only rogues who have been elevated to the status of role models for future renegades. It’s a national problem.

Rob Warden, Executive Director

7 responses to “Officers Involved in Juan Rivera False Confession Now Teaching Other Cops…

  1. Docile Jim Brady – Columbus OH 43209

    The Hans Frank, Esq. sanction is not available for such LEOs in IL, nor is the Reinhard Heydrich sanction.

  2. I don’t think Lake County is an extreme example, I just think the dominoes fell there. It’s a problem in every state.

  3. Pingback: For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

  4. Pingback: Editorial on Jailed Prosecutor Ken Anderson… | Wrongful Convictions Blog

  5. Pingback: For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man | Dirty Stinkin Liberals

  6. Pingback: For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man | MasterAdrian's Weblog

  7. Pingback: Yet Another Man Cleared in NYC After Wrongful Conviction

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s