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Sleep May Help Witnesses Avoid Choosing Innocent Suspects

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Kimberly Fenn Michelle Stepan

Sleep may influence an eyewitness’s ability to correctly pick a guilty person out of a police lineup, indicates a study by Michigan State University researchers. Published in PLOS…

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Are Death Row Cases Plagued with Racial Bias?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Catherine Grosso, Associate Professor of Law, and Barbara O'Brien, Associate Professor of Law, pose on Tuesday October 18, 2016.

Defendants charged with murder in North Carolina from 1990 to 2009 were more than twice as likely to receive the death penalty if the victims were white, Michigan…

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Police View Blacks as ‘Suspects First, Civilians Second’

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Jennifer Cobbina and Baker Hall

Most of the Ferguson protestors believed police view black people as worthless thugs and white people as innocent and superior – perceptions that, true or not, affect police-community…

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Sleep Deprivation Linked to False Confessions

Monday, February 8, 2016
Kimberly Fenn

Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a groundbreaking study that has important implications for police interrogation practices. The odds…

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