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    10.01.15 Law, Language and Cognition CLE Ethics Roundtable
    Law, Language & Cognition

    Thursday, October 1
    5:30 to 7:30 pm
    Reception to follow

    Brooklyn Law School
    Subotnick Center
    250 Joralemon St.

    Online registration for this event is now closed. Please email for registration information. 

    Getting a Confession Versus Getting at the Truth: An Ethical Alternative to Deceptive Police Interrogation Tactics

    About the Program
    Recent years have seen numerous exonerations of persons who were convicted based on confessions elicited by deceptive or manipulative police interrogations. Yet, courts in the United States continue to condone these tactics. Other countries have long banned deceptive interrogation tactics as unethical and unreliable, using instead a method of investigative interviewing known by the acronym PEACE. The Brooklyn Law School Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition will bring together experts in the field to explore this issue from legal and psychological perspectives.

    Saul Kassin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is a leading expert in false confessions. He will explain how police interrogation in North America for the last 50 years has been based on the Reid Technique, which presumes the suspect’s guilt and deploys a set of tactics that are highly effective in producing confessions—whether or not the suspect is guilty.

    Brent Snook
    , Professor of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Inspector Todd Barron of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary have trained numerous police forces throughout Canada in the use of the PEACE model. They will explain how PEACE works in practice and why it produces more reliable information than an interrogation focused on inducing a self-inculpatory statement.


    Glenn Garber, Founder and Director of The Exoneration Initiative, an organization providing free legal assistance to wrongfully convicted defendants in New York. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches a seminar on wrongful convictions and directs the BLS/EXI Innocence Clinic.

    CLE Credit
    The program provides two (2) CLE credits in the State of New York. Partial credit is not available. The credits are transitional and non-transitional and the category is Ethics.

    A full refund will be made for cancellations up to 48 hours before the start of the program. No refunds will be issued less than 48 hours before the program begins.

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