When a Witness Recants: Legal and Ethical Duties Arising from Wrongful Convictions

When a Witness Recants: Legal and Ethical Duties Arising from Wrongful Convictions
Date
Wed January 26th 2022, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Event Sponsor
Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
Location
Virtual Event
Admission Information

In her recent New Yorker article, staff writer Jennifer Gonnerman wrote about a criminal case from Baltimore in which a 14-year-old provided eyewitness testimony in a murder trial resulting in the convictions of three innocent boys. Thirty-six years later, the witness recanted.

Join us for a conversation with the writer and legal experts to discuss the legal and ethical issues that arise when a witness recants. What safeguards could prevent such a situation from happening in the first place? How can prosecutors better ensure the integrity of convictions? How should the court system deal with recantations by a trial witness whose testimony was essential to the conviction? 

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