IN THE NEWS:
People attended the Cornell Sesquicentennial panel:
Convicted by Law, Acquitted by Social Science. Observers of the criminal justice system have long suspected that some convicted defendants were innocent. The session highlighted the disturbing cases of two individuals – Kirk Bloodsworth and Ada JoAnn Taylor – who were wrongfully convicted of murder, but who ultimately were exonerated. Taylor was interviewed by a Social Science and Law student, Amelia Hritz. Ms. Hritz joined Cornell faculty and Mr. Bloodsworth for what turned out to be a riveting exploration of the causes of wrongful conviction. To view the session in its entirety, please click here.
In the video clip, Ada JoAnn Taylor discusses the interrogation tactics that led to her false confession. Her history of mental illness and physical abuse made her more vulnerable to these tactics and she came to believe that she was guilty.
March 3, 2015: Stephen Ceci, Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology, Cornell University, lectured to Social Science and Law students about his work with child witnesses and his amicus brief in Ohio v. Clark, argued in the U. S. Supreme Court on that day.
- Ohio v. Clark
- Brief of Richard D. Friedman and Stephen J. Ceci as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent, Ohio v. Clark
- Washington Post Op-Ed