Tag: Police

Disaster Mythology and the Law

Lisa Grow Sun - J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

More than five years have passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, yet images from Katrina’s aftermath continue to haunt the American mind.  Many of the most shocking and disturbing images that remain with us today are not from photographs or news footage, but images constructed and seared in… Read More »

The Substance of False Confessions

Brandon Garrett -University of Virginia School of Law

The scholarship of interrogations has taken a turn from procedure to substance. The Supreme Court’s landmark criminal procedure rulings regulating modern psychological interrogations remain static, inviting lingering decades-long debates over whether the Court correctly decided decisions such as Miranda. Meanwhile, psychologists increasingly study not the legal regulation of interrogations, but… Read More »

Breaking the Law to Enforce It: Undercover Police Participation in Crime

Elizabeth E. Joh - UC Davis School of Law

Covert policing necessarily involves deception, which in turn often leads to participation in activity that appears to be criminal. In undercover operations, the police have introduced drugs into prison, undertaken assignments from Latin American drug cartels to launder money, established fencing businesses that paid cash for stolen goods and for… Read More »

Promoting Civil Rights Through Proactive Policing Reform

Rachel Harmon - University of Virginia School of Law

Preventing police misconduct often requires changing the department in which it arises, but police departments have proved largely resistant to legal efforts to reform them. A promising federal law, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, permits the Justice Department to sue police departments that are engaged in a “pattern or practice” of… Read More »

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