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



The McMartin Case

Video & Made for TV Movie

Martin Preschool: Anatomy of Panic
[13:24 mins.]

"Indictment: The McMartin Trial"
[1:32:00 mins.] [Aired on HBO, May 20, 1995; the defense lawyer is played by James Woods] [DVD and online]

Assigned Reading

The Longest Trial--A Post-Mortem
[New York Times, January 24, 1990]


Suggestive Interviewing in the McMartin Preschool and kelly Micahels Daycare Abuse Cases
[Social Influence, 2006]

Learning from the McMartin Hoax
[ Institute for Psychological Therapies Journal, 1989]

Web Resources

The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trials: 1987-90
[Professor Douglas O. Linder, Famous Trials, University of Missouri-Kansas City]

McMartin Preschool Trial

PBS on McMartin and other Child Care Cases

Child Sexual Abuse Cases
[Crime Film Documentaries, a course website, James R. Elkins]

The Frank Fuster Case
[PBS Frontline]

Videos (Supplemental)

McMartin Preschool Trial Explained by Kim W. Hansen, Attorney in Orange County [Kim W. Hansen, attorney in Orange County, California]

Documentary Film (Related Child Sexual Abuse Case)

"Witch Hunt" (2008) ["Narrated by Sean Penn, this award winning documentary chronicles a miscarriage of justice where a dozen people [in Kern County, California] were falsely convicted of crimes committed against their own children and the long, legal process to exonerate them two decades after their incarceration."]