Expert Testimony On False Confessions

A trial in Louisville last week marked the 33rd case in which I have testified as a false confessions expert witness.


Good News from Michigan

A Michigan Court of Appeals recently vacated the conviction of Kenneth Grondin, whose murder conviction was based on what looks to me to be a false confession.  Very good news.


Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Brendan Massey, which likely involved a false confession.  Accordingly, Massey remains incarcerated despite two courts finding that his confession was coerced.  Very disappointing.


Last week Marty Tankleff reached a $10 million settlement with Suffolk County, New York.  Tankleff, who gave a coerced false confession to killing his parents, served 17 years in prison before his conviction was vacated.  His was the first case I wrote up on this website, and one of the first in which I served as a false confessions expert.


My testimony last week at a trial in Alaska marked my 30th appearance as an expert witness on false confessions.  The false confessions expert can, among other things, help a jury understand this counter-intuitive phenomenon.