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Truth about false confessions: A former prosecutor's view on Nov. 6 at Gage

Posted: 10/24/2013
Robert Milan, a former prosecutor for offices of the Cook County State’s attorney and the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, will share experiences involving false confessions and wrongful convictions as Roosevelt University continues the fall Wrongful Convictions Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The lecture, “A Prosecutor’s Journey into the World of False Confessions and Wrongful Convictions,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Milan was featured in a 60 Minutes segment about Chicago as the false confession capital of the country.  A former first assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and a special assistant and assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Milan also developed a training program that enables prosecutors to identify false confessions so that wrongful convictions can be avoided. The training program has been presented to prosecutors in Cook and DuPage counties as well as to the National College of District Attorney’s Association, the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutors and the Missouri State Prosecutors.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will touch on how Milan evolved from a young prosecutor who didn’t believe that people would confess to crimes they didn’t commit to a seasoned litigator and investigator who developed special training for prosecutors designed to slow the tide of false confessions and wrongful convictions.

This event is sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Bethany Barratt at or 312-341-3768 or Shari Berkowitz at or 312- 281-3286.