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Sunday, August 20, 2006

CrimProf Scott Sundby Discusses John Karr's Confession

SundbysFrom Washington and Lee School of Law CrimProf Scott Sundby recently discussed with WSLS Channel 10 News of Roanoke, VA the legitimacy of John Karr's confession to killing 6 year old Jonbenet Ramsey.

"Until we start to get the full picture of what's going on, it's really difficult to know just how strong the case is," Sundby announced. Sundby also stated that there is the tendency put a case together based on bits and pieces we take from the media.

"We just don't know enough about him to know the quality of the evidence against him especially whether his confession is as reliable as we I think we tend to immediately assume it must be, I mean who would confess to doing such a horrible crime and yet people do."

That doubt is just one reason he says this case will not be cut and dry."A criminal trial is a process that involves many dimensions, uncovering many layers of evidence and we have to be really careful not to think that we have all the pieces before we actually do."

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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