Brian Banks becomes emotional as his attorney Justin Brooks, right, and attorney Alissa Bjerkhoel stand by, as Banks' rape conviction is dismissed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif. It has been 10 years since Banks, then 16, pleaded no contest to a rape charge brought after a childhood friend falsely accused him of attacking her on their high school campus, shattering his dreams of a pro career.
26-year-old Brian Banks served five years and two months in prison for a kidnap and rape he did not commit. He was exonerated yesterday, after his accuser was videotaped by a private investigator admitting to falsely accusing him. His accuser initially contacted him through Facebook last year, wanting to reconnect and, in her words, “let bygones be bygones."
How do false convictions happen? What’s the interrogation and plea bargain process like, and why do individuals admit to crimes they did not commit? Patt checks in with an expert in the field and we look into whether Banks’ accuser will be charged with perjury.
Dan Simon, professor, law and psychology, USC; author, “In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process”
Stan Goldman, professor, criminal law and criminal procedure, Loyola Law School
Damien Echols, member, the West Memphis Three; his upcoming book, due out in September, is called ‘Life after Death’