- Post #2: Reputations
- Post #1: Misdirection
- Why I Believe in the Reality of False Confessions - Part 1
- Going Beyond Swain - actual innocence in procedural matters
- Reflecting on Temujin's lawsuit against the MDOC
- 2015: Year of the Video Recordings
- Prosecutors and Balanced Justice
- Any Ol' Confession will do!
- New Year Reflections
- A Little Part of History
- The NRE Hits 1000!
- Report by the National Registry of Exonerations - 1989 to 2012
- Self-serving Prosecutors
- Overhaul of Eye Witness Identification Procedures in the Courts
- When Politics Trumps Justice
- Created: 01 February 2014
- Published: 01 February 2014
- Written by Bill Branham
"I can't believe they did that, and then justified it!!!", my wife overhears me while reading a news blurb about yet another travesty of justice. "Why do you act so shocked? You know that goes on all the time."
Yes, unfortunately, I know all too well. But I don't want to stop being shocked just because I've heard it before with slightly different details. Unfortunately, you don't have to look very far, like this one: Kosgar Lado is a 21-year-old Sudanese refugee in Lansing, MI, who was another victim of cross racial misidentification. And to top it off, he's mentally ill. We know that mentally challenged people are 9 times more likely to be bullied into a false confession, which is pretty much what happened here. This is the center of Lado's "confession" to Hogan, his interrogator:
Before I end this, I want to point out that there is a silver lining. It's very likely that if this had happened 20 years ago, we never would have heard about it. Lado would have gone to prison for most of the rest of his life, and if they found the real killer, they may have chosen to charge him with another crime, rather than admit that they made a mistake with Lado. As more and more wrongful convictions come to light, our society is beginning to acknowledge that something is seriously wrong. Wrongful convictions simply happen too often, and for very identifiable reasons, such as our awareness of false confessions and how often it happpens and what conditions cause them.