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July 21, 2016 Podcast Features Discussion on the Nicole Harris Case

For Nicole Harris podcast pro bono blog itemKaren Daniel, director of Northwestern Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC), discusses the Nicole Harris case on a recent Undisclosed podcast.  Working with the CWC, the firm represented Ms. Harris after she was wrongfully convicted of murdering her 4-year-old son in 2005.  The long-running case spanned more than seven years and involved litigating at every level of the state and federal judicial systems. Ultimately, Ms. Harris was freed from prison and exonerated of the crime.   She received a certificate of innocence from the court and was reunited with her surviving son.  In 2014, the firm and the CWC received the Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s 2014 Pro Bono and Public Service Award for their work on the case.  In the podcast, Ms. Daniel examines Ms. Harris’ false confession, given after she was subjected to police interrogation for more than 25 hours and held by herself in a cell.  “To this day, Nicole can’t explain why she confessed.  What we’ve learned is that everybody has a breaking point,” Ms. Daniel says.  To listen to the podcast, click here.  The discussion of Ms. Harris’ case starts at minute18:25.

CATEGORIES: Center on Wrongful Convictions, N Harris, Wrongful Conviction