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Picking Cotton Authors to Speak at BVU & ILCC March 4 & 5

In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint in her apartment by a stranger.  She identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker and he was convicted of the crime.  In 1995, DNA evidence conclusively exonerated Cotton.  In an unlikely turn of events, the exoneree and his accuser forged a friendship and wrote a book about the failings of the criminal justice system.  They will share their story at two of IPI's partner schools on March 4 & 5.  All events are free and open to the public.

March 4: 7:00 p.m. Buena Vista University - Schaller Chapel

March 5: 9:00 a.m. Iowa Lakes Community College - Estherville Campus Gymnasium

               1:00 p.m. Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus Gymnasium


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.