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Friday, March 7, 2008

He Deserves A Break Today, Take 2: 60 Minutes Piece on Alton Logan Will Air On Sunday

Earlier, I blogged about the story of Alton Logan, the man who has been incarcerated in Illinois for 26 years despite the confession of another man to his puiblic defenders in the early '80s that he, not Logan, was the triggerman in the McDonald's robbery that led to Logan's conviction.  As I noted, the case implicates many ethical and evidentiary issues, including the attorney-client privilege, the statements against interest exception to the rule agaainst hearsay, and the precedent established by Chambers v. Mississippi, 410 U.S. 284 (1973).  This Sunday, 60 Minutes will air a piece on Logan's plight, and it will be interesting to see what Logan and others have to say.

-CM   

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Do you have any authority for this particular application of Chambers?

Posted by: Anderson | Mar 7, 2008 3:41:20 PM

In Morales v. Portuondo, 154 F.Supp.2d 706 (S.D.N.Y. 2001), co-defendants were convicted of murder, and the court relied upon Chambers v. Mississippi in allowing an attorney to testify that his now deceased former client confessed to the murder, despite the statement being covered by the attorney-client privilege.

Posted by: Colin Miller | Mar 8, 2008 4:38:16 AM

this country protects the criminals more than the innocent. everything is ass backwards. go figure.

Posted by: lv | Apr 13, 2008 8:17:28 PM

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