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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Article Examines Interrogation Recording in Iowa
A new article in the Iowa Law Review Bulletin looks at the development of Iowa law on the electronic recording of custodial interrogations and makes recommendations for the future. The article, by Brian Farrell from the University of Iowa and Sara Farrell from Coe College, can be found here.
River to River Looks at False Confessions
IPI President Brian Farrell, Iowa State University professors Stephanie Madon and Max Guyll, and Polk County Attorney John Sarcone recently appeared on Iowa Public Radio's River to River to discuss false confessions. A recording of the program, which aired on October 8, can be heard here.
Wrongful Convictions Expert Speaks at UI and Drake
Prof. Jon Gould from American University visited Iowa in early October to discuss his recent research on predicting wrongful convictions, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review. A podcast of his presentation can be viewed here. Prof. Gould’s visit was co-sponsored by the Innocence Project of Iowa, the Iowa Law Review, Drake University Law School, the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. Each presentation was approved for one hour of continuing legal education credit.
Survey Shows Interrogation Recording Practices in Iowa
The Iowa State Bar Association's Criminal Law Section Council has published the results of a survey on the electronic recording of custodial interrogation policies and practices of Iowa law enforcement agencies. The report appears in the September issue of The Iowa Lawyer and can be found here.
Report Looks at Iowa Eyewitness Identification Procedures
A new report by researchers at Buena Vista University looks at the eyewitness identification procedures used by Iowa law enforcement agencies. The report shows that while almost all agencies use lineups, a majority do not have written policies governing their use. The full report is available here.