Recantation Evidence: How to Get the Most Out of Your Witness's Statement and How to Win in Court

Location: Lake Nona
Date: Sat, May 2
Time: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Recantations form the backbone of many innocence claims, yet even the Supreme Court has said that recantation evidence is "properly viewed with great suspicion." Law enforcement and prosecutors will often dismiss the value or truth of recantation evidence, especially if the recantation calls into question the strength of their cases. More importantly, courts often view recantations as the worst kind of evidence of innocence, and a challenge to a conviction based on a questionable recantation will likely mean the challenge will be unsuccessful. This session will cover some of the best practices to obtaining a recantation from a witness, including how to approach the witness, the proper format for maximizing your statement's impact, and how to involve law enforcement and the prosecution to increase your chances of success at trial.

101- Beginner