Cal & Col

California’s governor and Colorado’s legislature are both attempting to stop state-sanctioned executions.  Given how many innocent people (a number of whom gave false confessions) have been on death row, these moves are welcome.


Great News that the First Step Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.  Among other benefits of this law, anyone wrongly convicted — based on false confessions or any other reason — will receive better opportunities.  Our entire society should benefit.

Prison Reform

I endorse Van Jones’ prison reform efforts.  The need to improve conditions in prisons is all the more important when we realize how many innocent people they house — partly as a result of false confessions.


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.