Sessions Information

  • January 7, 2017
    10:30 am - 12:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: 108
    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Continental Ballroom 8
    Floor: Ballroom Level

    This panel will cover some of the latest developments regarding false confessions and false confession expert testimony. Debbie Davis will present an overview of the current psychological literature regarding false confessions and how they occur. Valena Beety will provide a litigator’s perspective on these cases, and Richard Leo will present the results of a new empirical study (with Steve Drizin) of 200 proven false confessions. Larry Rosenthal will offer a skeptical counter-perspective on false confession experts, asking whether the science is sufficiently reliable for Daubert purposes and whether the benefits of reforming interrogation techniques are worth the costs. Finally, Ed Cheng will offer evidence that the available case law does not accurately depict how courts have received false confession expert testimony, and will offer a new statistical method that detects and corrects for this publication bias.

Session Speakers
West Virginia University College of Law

Vanderbilt University Law School

University of Nevada, Reno

University of San Francisco School of Law

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Session Fees
  • [7170] Criminal Justice: $0.00