Views By Two Series
When justice fails: A discussion on exculpatory evidence and official misconduct
Simon Cole, Ph.D., Kate Corrigan, J.D. and Maurice Possley, Senior Researcher, National Registry of Exonerations
Please join us for our Views By Two series, which pairs a Center researcher with a prestigious practitioner to discuss hot topics in the field of psychology and law. By providing both a researcher and practitioner viewpoint, we hope to start a dialogue that will bridge the gap between scientific research and policy.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
This event has been approved for 2 hours of MCLE credits.
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
University of California, Irvine Campus
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway building, room 1517 (#214 on campus map)
*Parking is available in the Social Sciences Parking Structure – please note that this lot is not attended after 5pm. Instead, please use the electronic permit kiosk that is available on the ground floor. If you prefer, an attendant is available at the Student Center Parking Lot.
The foremost goal of the criminal justice system is to ensure that the accused’s constitutional rights are enforced and that the government is put to its burden of proof. In the process, however, grave miscarriages of justice sometimes occur. The upcoming Views by Two will focus on the suppression of exculpatory evidence (i.e., evidence that has the potential to exonerate the defendant) in court cases as well as other types of “official misconduct,” a broad category that includes activity where police, prosecutors, or other government officials significantly abused their authority or the judicial process in a manner that contributed to the defendant’s conviction. Official misconduct is found in around half of all known exonerations. Kate Corrigan will discuss issues concerning the Brady doctrine (which requires the prosecution to turn over exculpatory evidence) in state and federal court, including the recent district court decision U.S. v. Govey. Simon Cole will focus on the findings about official misconduct from the National Registry of Exonerations. Maurice Possley will discuss the findings of his study of prosecutorial misconduct in California from 1997-2009.
Kate Corrigan, J.D.
Simon A. Cole specializes in the historical and sociological study of the interaction between science, technology, law, and criminal justice. He is the author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification (Harvard University Press, 2001), which was awarded the 2003 Rachel Carson Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science. Most recently, he is a co-author (with Michael Lynch, Ruth McNally & Kathleen Jordan) of Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting (University of Chicago Press, 2008). Dr. Cole has spoken widely on the subjects of fingerprinting, scientific evidence, and science and the law, and he has consulted and testified as an expert witness on the validity of fingerprint evidence. He has also written for many general interest publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and Lingua Franca. His current interests are the sociology of forensic science and the development of criminal identification databases and biometric technologies. He teaches courses on Forensic Science and Society, Surveillance and Society, Miscarriages of Justice, The Death Penalty, Historical Criminology, and Science, Technology, and Law, and he is Co-Editor of the journal Theoretical Criminology. He is Director of The Newkirk Center for Science & Society, and he is affiliated with the Department of History.
Maurice Possley, Senior Researcher, National Registry of Exonerations, Newkirk Center for Science & Society, University of California, Irvine
Maurice Possley won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for Investigative Reporting at the Chicago Tribune, where he was a criminal justice reporter for 25 years. His reporting helped exonerate more than a dozen innocent defendants. A four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting, Possley is senior researcher for the National Registry of Exonerations, a database of more than 2,100 wrongful convictions in the U.S. since 1989. The Registry is a research project of Michigan and Michigan State law schools and University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science and Society. He previously worked as a research fellow at Santa Clara University Law School’s Northern California Innocence Project, where he co-authored NCIP’s report: “Preventable Error: Prosecutorial Misconduct in California 1997-2009.” He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California Irvine, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and the University of Montana School of Journalism. He also co-taught a course on wrongful convictions at the University of Michigan Law School. He is a New York Times best-selling author and has written three non-fiction books, “Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth,” “The Brown’s Chicken Massacre,” and “Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GI’s Story of Courage and Faith.”