Monday, June 4, 2018

Brendan Dassey; Wisconsin: Petition to U.S. Supreme Court: (2): Videotaped confession emerges as the key issue, The Post Crescent reports. (USA Today Network)..."In a brief filed on May 25, Dassey's attorneys stated: “Written arguments alone … cannot adequately convey what transpired here; for that the Court should review the video of Dassey’s interrogations. It can then draw its own conclusions about whether the interrogators improperly coerced a juvenile with significant intellectual and social limitations. And having drawn its conclusions, the Court can in turn decide whether the Wisconsin courts unreasonably applied this court’s precedent, thus condemning Dassey to a life sentence.”The Supreme Court will consider Dassey’s petition for review on June 14."

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This Blog is interested in false confessions because of the disturbing number of exonerations in the USA, Canada and multiple other jurisdictions throughout the world, where, in the absence of incriminating forensic evidence the conviction is based on self-incrimination – and because of the growing body of  scientific research showing how vulnerable suspects   are to widely used interrogation methods  such as  the notorious ‘Reid Technique.’
Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

PASSAGE OF THE DAY: "Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, is hopeful that the high court will hear Dassey’s case. Her legal organization was one of six to file friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Dassey’s request. “Anyone who watched the interrogation unfold, it was stomach-turning,” said Levick, who believes detectives coerced Dassey into saying what they wanted him to say. “I think the documentary shows that in bright lights,” she said. “It was all because of the availability of the videotape.”" Wisconsin is among the states that require juvenile interrogations to be recorded. In 2005, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued that mandate to law enforcement agencies. “It’s a perfect example of why they need to record interrogations,” said Daniel Medwed, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston. “The video shows it was a flawed interrogation.” Medwed said the video carries much more impact that a written transcript. “There’s really no replacement for the video. Black and white on a transcript wouldn’t deal with the body language that jumps out at you when you look at the video,” he said."

STORY: "Dassey appeal: Videotaped confession emerges as key issue in U.S. Supreme Court petition," by reporter Andy Thompson, published by The  Post Crescent (USA Today Network) on June 4 2018.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at: Please send any comments or information on other cases and issues of interest to the readers of this blog to: Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.