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Leading expert on police interrogation and false confessions to speak at Gage Gallery on Nov. 14

Posted: 11/01/2012
Richard Leo, the leading authority on police interrogation and false confessions in the United States, will discuss “False Confessions: Causes, Consequences, Solutions” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Internationally known for his pioneering research on police interrogation practices, false confessions and wrongful convictions, Leo is the author/co-author of five books on these topics including the award-winning Police Interrogation and American Justice, The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions and the Norfolk Four, which is being adapted for a movie screenplay by John Grisham, and The Miranda Debate: Law, Justice and Policing.

A law professor at the University of San Francisco since 2006, Leo has been widely featured and quoted by news media across the nation and his research has been cited by numerous appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He previously was a long-time professor of psychology and criminology at the University of California at Irvine, and had served as a professor of sociology and adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Leo has been involved in a number of high-profile cases where false confessions have been an issue, including the cases of Michael Crowe, Earl Washington, Kerry Max Cook, Medell Banks, Angela Swartout, the Beatrice Six and two of the Central Park jogger defendants.

Sponsored by Roosevelt University’s Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project and the Department of Psychology, the lecture is the capstone of this year’s Wrongful Convictions Distinguished Speaker Series. It is free and open to the public.  For information, contact Bethany Barratt at or Shari Berkowitz at