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



Clarence Elkins



"Conviction: The True Story of Clarence Elkins"

[55 mins.] [directed by Michael West, 2009] [trailer]

Assigned Reading

False Justice and the "True" Prosecutor
[Mark A. Godsey, Director, Ohio Innocence Project, University of Cincinati College of Law, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 2012]

  Jim Petro & Nancy Petro, False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent (New York: Kaplan Publ., 2010) [Jim Petro, Attorney General of Ohio, played a significant role in the Clarence Elkins case, and reviews the case in False Justice.] [See pp. 4-23, 42-61, 238-239]

Web Resources

Clarence Elkins
[Innocence Project]

Clarence Elkins

Conviction: The True Story of Clarence Elkins
[Crime Film Documentaries course website, James R. Elkins]


I Didn't Do It: Clarence Elkins
[45:58 mins.]

American Justice: What The Girl Saw
[44:16 mins.]

Discussion & Summary: Clarence Elkins Case
[5:18 mins.] [Ed Esposito, WAKR & Phil Trexler, Akron Beacon Journal, discuss the civil settlement in the Clarence Elkins saga]

Brett Hartmann Challenges His Conviction
[16:49 mins.] [mentioning the Clarence Elkins case] Pt 2 [11:19 mins.] Pt3 [1l:30 mins.] Pt4 [7:50 mins.] Pt5 [3:57 mins.]

Trial Transcript

Available from Professor Elkins




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