Understanding False Confessions: The Better Way

The ignorance to entertain that false confessions are even possible, continues to perpetuate the system that has so inexcusably harmed Christopher Abernathy and the many other individuals who have fallen into the same sad circumstances as him. It is unacceptable for us to continue a system which victimizes our fellow citizens and imprisons them for actions they did not do. What is needed is not unknown. What is left to do is finally act upon the knowledge we have. Continue reading Understanding False Confessions: The Better Way

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Access vs. Preservation

These NPS goals of preserving our national wonders and providing access to them have coexisted virtually since the beginning of the Parks Service, but times are ever changing. With a record high of over 300 million park visits in 2015, and with every indication of more record-setting years to come, the National Parks are silently falling into crisis at the same time that they are trumpeting some of their greatest successes. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Access vs. Preservation

Understanding False Confessions: How Reid Leads to False Confessions

While the Reid Technique may, at least to some, seem reasonable at face value, it is not. The Reid Technique is a bear trap, a psychological torture device. This method is highly likely to elicit a false confession, resulting in a wrongful conviction, from those who undergo it. Continue reading Understanding False Confessions: How Reid Leads to False Confessions

Reviewing Gov. Hogan’s Message to Marylanders

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland delivered the annual State of the State address to a television audience and a joint meeting of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. The address is a state-level mirror of the President’s State of the Union, in which the Governor addresses the Maryland General Assembly and Marylanders, and effectively rolls out his agenda for the coming year. This comes as Governor Hogan’s third, and arguably one of his most important legislative sessions as governor. It also had the added backdrop of a looming gubernatorial battle in 2018, his own sky-high popularity, and the Democratic leadership’s growing panic at the prospect of a two-term Republican governor. Continue reading Reviewing Gov. Hogan’s Message to Marylanders