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Friday, February 2, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Richard Leo

MailThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of San Francisco School of Law CrimProf Richard Leo.

Many readers of this blog are familiar with Richard Leo’s research and publications on routine police interrogation practices ("Inside the Interrogation Room" (1996), The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; "Police Interrogation as a Confidence Game" (1996), Law & Society Review), the impact of Miranda in the real world (“The Impact of Miranda Revisited" (1996), The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; "Adapting to Miranda (1999), Minnesota Law Review; "Questioning the Relevance of Miranda in the Twenty-First Century" (2001), The Michigan Law Review), the psychology of police interrogation and false confession ("The Decision to Confess Falsely” (1997), Denver University Law Review; “The Social Psychology of Police Interrogation” (1997), Studies in Law Politics and Society), the consequences of false confession and wrongful conviction ("The Consequences of False Confessions" (1998), The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; The Problem of False Confessions in the Post-DNA World” (2004) North Carolina Law Review), and regulating interrogation practices and confession evidence (“Bringing Reliability Back In” (2006), Wisconsin Law Review; “The Ethics of Deceptive Interrogation” (1992) Criminal Justice Ethics)

In addition to his many articles and book chapters on these and related subjects, Leo has recently completed two books: Police Interrogation and American Justice will be published by Harvard University Press in the Fall of 2007; and Web of Lies: Murder and Injustice in Virginia (with Tom Wells) will be published by The New Press in 2008 (Leo has previously authored The Miranda Debate: Law, Justice and Policing (1998) with Rutgers CrimProf George Thomas.

After 9 years as a faculty member at U.C. Irvine (in the Departments of Criminology and Psychology) and 3 years as a faculty member at CU Boulder (in the Sociology department and Law School), Leo has joined the faculty at the University of San Francisco Law School, where he will teach criminal law, criminal procedure, white-collar crime, and wrongful convictions.  Leo is widely sought after as a consultant and expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving disputed interrogations and confessions, and has worked on many of the most high profile interrogation and confessions cases of the last two decades (including the Central Park Jogger case, Michael Crowe, Earl Washington, and others).  He has also worked with many Innocence Projects: for example, he helped the Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School win the freedom of Bruce Godschalk, the Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin win the freedom of Beth LaBatte, and the Innocence Project at the University of Washington reverse the wrongful conviction of Ted Bradford.  Leo regularly lectures to organizations of criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and/or forensic psychologists and psychiatrists in America and Canada.

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