New Scholarship Spotlight: Convenient Scapegoats: Juvenile Confessions and Exculpatory DNA in Cook County, Il

The above-titled article, written by the Innocence Project’s Craig Cooley and two others, was posted this week on SSRN.  Download here.  The abstract states:

In the Winter of 2011-2012, in two different cases known as the Dixmoor Five and the Englewood Four, nine men were exonerated of rapes and murders based on exculpatory post-conviction DNA testing. Seven of these nine men actually confessed to the crime. This article explores these two cases and how the Cook County law enforcement agencies, including the State’s Attorney’s Office, dealt with the powerful new DNA results.

 

One response to “New Scholarship Spotlight: Convenient Scapegoats: Juvenile Confessions and Exculpatory DNA in Cook County, Il

  1. IMLO, Cook County has been and is, a toxic waste dump for SOME prosecutors/police officers.

    They are fortunate that no one has used an ultra vires* method to sanction the rogues.

    Such sanctions can do the job, but it is far better for the Courts and the bar to aggressively insist upon the rule of law.

    * In the early 1970’s, one or more chose to ambush a law officer with a shotgun. Since the murder remains unsolved and “cold”, what motive, if any, is unknown to the police or public.

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