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A Lesson in False Confessions
The Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit and a proposed Senate bill address the problem of false confessions
"...San Francisco professor Richard Leo, a national expert in false confessions who spoke Jan. 13 to the Texas Criminal..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

When Confessions Prove False
Jonathan Holt told police he'd murdered his wife. But he hadn't killed her, and the cops should have known it.
"...charge. In short, Baird says, this is a classic false confession scenario – a problem that has plagued the..."

April 25, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Confessions of a Cowboy
Working a cattle drive in Texas in the 1870s probably wasn't like what you imagine; ask Frank Harris -- he was there and he knows.
"...or heightening effect, or whether his memory played him false in recalling details. It does not seem likely that..."

May 26, 2000 Books Feature by James C. Simmons

The Never-Ending (Crime) Story
Although their case has hit a dead end, prosecutors of the yogurt shop murders say they're determined to find the 'unknown suspect' – and then to retry Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen
"...cops arrested the wrong suspects but also that the "confessions" the men made to police were false. Now, more..."

July 17, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Somebody Has to Die
The conviction of Robert Springsteen in the yogurt shop murders leaves many questions unanswered.
"...the APD's interrogation tactics and the validity of the confessions they obtained from both Springsteen and Scott; about the..."

June 15, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
"...To say that Polanco had a reputation for coercing confessions out of innocent suspects would be an understatement. Indeed,..."

Dec. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Yogurt Shop Murder Defendants Set Free
Prosecution not ready for trial
"...and Scott, which is built almost entirely on separate "confessions" each man gave to Austin Police detectives in 1999...."

June 26, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Who Killed Father Ryan?
A 1981 Odessa murder haunts crime researchers, the Catholic Church, and an ex-con determined to prove his innocence
"...was signed with what turned out to be a false name. To this day, no one has been able..."

June 17, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Yogurt Shop DNA Saga Continues, Pt. 3
Is there enough evidence to set Robert Springsteen free?
"...Springsteen and Scott is built almost entirely upon separate “confessions” each man gave to Austin Police detectives in 1999...."

June 19, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Grounds for Appeal?
A brief list of possible grounds for appeal in the yogurt shop murder prosecutions.
"...most or all of the other yogurt shop murder "confessions" obtained by police. Sources close to the case told..."

June 15, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Forced Confession?
Jurors spent much of week three of the yogurt shop murder trial of Michael Scott watching nearly 20 hours of an exhaustive videotaped confession he gave Austin police in September 1999.
"...long as they avoid turning voluntary statements into coerced confessions. After nearly four hours of intense questioning, and reassurances..."

Sept. 6, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Justice Denied?
Advocates Still Fighting for Lacresha Murray's Freedom
"...who has spent 22 years examining interrogation techniques and false confessions, says he is also troubled by the intent..."

Aug. 7, 1998 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Prosecution Rests in Scott Case
"...would know, offered by each suspect, confirm that the confessions are the result of dogged police work and not..."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
A study looks at how, when, and why innocent prisoners ever get exonerated
"...Hispanic, and most were convicted, in part, based on false confessions. Gross also found that a disturbing number of..."

May 7, 2004 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

Danziger and Ochoa: Why Did Freedom Take So Long?
"...The suits argue that APD detectives coerced Ochoa into falsely confessing to the crime and implicating Danziger, and further..."

Nov. 22, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Torture and History
Revelations of the Bush torture programs are only the first step
"..."Communists in the Korean War, methods that had wrung false confessions from Americans." As the Times reports it, this..."

April 24, 2009 News Column by Michael King

A Dose of Integrity for Texas Criminal Justice
The Court of Criminal Appeals has created an Integrity Unit – but can the CCA really be part of the solution when it's so much a part of the problem?
"...exonerations) and to eliminate improper police interrogations (to reduce false confessions), reforming standards for evidence collection and storage, and..."

June 27, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
A national conference comes to Austin to examine wrongful convictions
"...other factors – such as mistaken eyewitness identification and false confessions – account for conviction of the innocent...."

April 30, 2004 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

Framing the Guilty?
Houston police thought they had their man – so the evidence was no problem
"...and arrest 22-year-old Preston Hughes III, secure two separate confessions from him, and find evidence in Hughes' nearby apartment..."

Nov. 2, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Long Vindication
After 35 years and a lengthy sentence for robbery, Ronnie Barrs remains determined to prove his innocence
"...other hand, even if the evidence was tainted or false, can Ronnie Barrs still hope for vindication? A Simple..."

Jan. 15, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Yogurt Shop DNA Saga Continues
Defense attorney Joe James Sawyer says D.A.'s office is ignoring science
"...The state's case is based almost exclusively on "confessions" Springsteen and Scott each made to Austin Police, which..."

March 17, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Criminally Innocent
How can you be exonerated of a crime that never happened?
"...that he didn't molest Stephanie. Instead, he says, he falsely confessed to the crime after being pressured to do..."

Nov. 5, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Mo' Music: December 10
Five things wrong with pop music today
"...a pop album than the slow jam? As Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor proved, a steady stream of..."

Dec. 10, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Rob Cohen

The Time I Ruined a Marriage Proposal
Walker Lukens turns my misdeed into a Song Confessional
"...Aaron Blackerby of Major Grizz tasked with turning subjects' confessions into personalized pop songs, which are quickly recorded in..."

Aug. 13, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

First Listen: Ben Ballinger
Teasing his Good Horse Records debut with ‘Confessions in Flannel’
" hit profound notions shines on the inquisitive folksong “Confessions in Flannel,” on which he interrogates religious leaders, politicians,..."

July 7, 2014 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

P.I.'S Case Casts (Another) Cloud Over Yogurt Shop Probe
Private investigator Louis Akin alleges that police and prosecutors busted him on false charges to block defense efforts in the yogurt-shop case.
"...the district clerk's office would have shown to be false. Akin has been unable to work -- his P.I...."

Feb. 14, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Gay Place: Behind The Masquerade
An Angel shows her halos and Queer Ride gets porny
"...BEDPOST CONFESSIONS Hear the darkest and dirtiest of Sara Henry (swoon!),..."

Jan. 17, 2014 Column by Kate X Messer

Naked City
News Shorts
"...the officer who secured the highly detailed and completely false confession from Christopher Ochoa. Ochoa and friend Richard Danziger..."

Sept. 7, 2001 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Book Reviews
"...becomes a punchy reflection of the same self-revelry and false martyrdom of the Karl Marx so fully explored in..."

July 23, 1999 Books Review

One Is Enough
"...staff requested an interview with me regarding my novel, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, and my then-forthcoming..."

Oct. 10, 1997 Column

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