Advanced Criminal Law: Convicting the Innocent
Professor James R. Elkins College of Law
West Virginia University|Spring|2016|



Assignments Archive :: Fall, 2016

Wk1: Introduction

Assign1: Introduction: Brief Accounts of the Wrongfully Convicted

Assign2: Mississippi Innocence: The Wrongful Conviction of Levon Brooks & Kennedy Brewer

Assign3 & 4: The Clarence Elkins Case

For additional background readings on wrongful convictions, review the readings in the Assign3 packet: Jon B. Gould & Richard A. Leo, "The Path to Exoneration" (2015) (forthcoming, Albany Law Review) [online text]; Jon B. Gould, Julia Carrano, Richard A. Leo & Katie Hail-Jares, Predicting Erroneous Convictions, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 471 (2014) [online text]

Assign5: The Michael Morton Case

Assign6: Prosecutorial Misconduct (Michael Morton and John Thompson cases)

Assign7: Prosecutorial Misconduct: Conviction Integrity

Assign8: The Norfolk Four and False Confessions

Assign8-Pt2: False Confessions

Assign9: Eyewitness Identification

Assign10: Ryan Ferguson Case

Assign11: Forensics and Questionable Science

Assign12: Unreliable Snitch Evidence