Wrongful Conviction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Radio producer Helen Borten and Daniel Medwed, law professor at Northeastern University and author of Prosecution Compex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent, discuss a wrongful conviction murder case that raises hot-button issues: domestic terrorism, racial prejudice—and the techniques of prosecutors that have led to a shocking number of wrongful convictions. Borten made a documentary on the case, which aired in 2004, and she gives an update on a recent hearing.


Helen Borten and Daniel Medwed
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Comments [3]

Debra W. from Rhode Island

This segment was woefully irresponsible in what information was left out. Here's one example only: to say that Lee received the death sentence and Kehoe dod not because Lee had a lot of frightening looking tattoos is shocking. The reason Lee received the death sentence was because he was the one to put a plastic bag around the head of the eight year old daughter of the victims until she suffocated to death.

Dec. 01 2012 06:01 PM
Lunah from Trenton

Is it reasonable to suggest videotaping and retaining every police interview in light of the fiscal responsibilities that place on otherwise overburdened police departments?

Nov. 28 2012 01:35 PM
Jim B

Wondering if F. O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" was loosely based on this incident.

Nov. 28 2012 01:15 PM

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