False Confessions Expert Witness
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False Confessions Expert Alan Hirsch can assist in any of the following ways:
* Reviewing the case file and providing a thorough written evaluation of the case (or, if you prefer, phone consultation), including: 1) background information about false confessions; 2) an assessment of the reliability of the confession; and 3) suggestions for challenging it, e.g., lines of cross-examination of the detectives who interrogated your client.
* Testifying at the suppression hearing and/or trial
* Assisting in the drafting of motions related to the confession, e.g., suppression motions and motions pertaining to the admissibility of my testimony.
* In appropriate cases, assisting in all other aspects of the case, e.g., jury selection, and opening and closing statements.
Litigation Support Services
Alan Hirsch provides consultation and/or testimony in cases where the defendant has recanted a confession.
Areas of Expertise
False Confessions Expert Alan Hirsch is an attorney, professor, writer, and trial consultant who has spent nearly three decades doing work related to the justice system. During the last seven years, much of that work has involved false confessions and criminal interrogations - studying it, writing about it, starting and operating the first website devoted to it, and serving as an expert consultant and witness. I have been retained as a consultant in more than 100 cases and given expert testimony in state courts in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
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Law Clerk for Judge Edward Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals in the 3rd Circuit
Senior Writer/Attorney, Federal Judicial Center
Instructor in the Humanities and Chair of Justice and Law Studies program, Williams College
Trial consultant and expert witness
Member of D.C. Bar
Legal Experience & Services
"Going to the Source: The 'New' Reid Method and False Confessions" Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2014)
“Not Coming Clean: Common Police Practices Won’t Cure Tainted Terrorist Confessions” Legal Times (February 18, 2008)
“Confessions and Harmless Error: A New Argument for the Old Approach” Boalt Journal of Criminal Law (Spring 2007)
“Why the Innocent Confess” Los Angeles Times (April 25, 2006)
“Threats, Promises, and False Confessions: Lessons of Slavery” Howard Law Journal (Winter 2005)
“The Tragedy of False Confessions (and a Modest Proposal)” North Dakota Law Review (Fall 2005)
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B.A., Amherst College, 1981
J.D., Yale Law School, 1985