What are the characteristics of innocent people

Fatal confessions: why do innocent people plead guilty?

Attorney Jane H. Fisher-Byrialsen represents people who have confessed to crimes despite being innocent. How can it come to this?

Documentation • 11/13/2018 • 10:45 p.m.

It was a crime that shocked the United States: In April 1989, young investment banker Trisha Meili was ambushed and raped in New York's Central Park. A little later the police arrested five teenagers and a court sentenced them to several years in prison.

There was no evidence of her guilt, but there was confession. Years later it was found that all five were innocent; DNA traces found a serial rapist. The lawyer Jane H. Fisher-Byrialsen later represented one of the innocent convicted at the time and fought for compensation in the millions in court.

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The documentary "Fatal Confessions", which shows the first as part of the "Justice" theme week, accompanies Fisher-Byrialsen in her work. The film by Danish director Katrine Philp poses a question that is difficult to answer: How can it be that people confess to crimes that they have never committed?


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