Innocent Defendants Who Plead Guilty

Location: Bowie
Date: Fri, April 8
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Almost all criminal convictions in the US-but only a small minority of exonerations-are for convictions based on guilty pleas. Why are so few innocent people who plead guilty exonerated? And what can we do about it? The panel will include a video of an interview with an exoneree who did plead guilty. The presenters will discuss what we can learn from exonerations that involve guilty pleas, and the laws and practices that lead innocent defendants to plead guilty and then, after conviction, make it difficult or impossible for them to clear their names. Paul Cates will moderate and present the video. Samuel Gross will discuss data on known exonerations of defendants who pled guilty to crimes they did not commit. Rebecca Brown will discuss practices that encourage innocent defendants to plead guilty,and working to reform rules that prevent their exoneration. 

201: Intermediate