September 23, 2013

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes suggests reforms to protect the due-process right not to be jailed based on a false confession.   Gabe explains that police and prosecutors in Illinois continue to be rocked by false-confession cases, most recently that of a 58-year-old homeless man who served 11 years on rape charges before being released in September, 2013.  He argues for two important reforms: broadening the cases in which police electronically record interrogations and developing a more rigorous and independent process for state executive branches to consider and resolve false-confession claims.