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Last Chance to Help Stop Wrongful Convictions in Nevada

By Innocence staff

Did you know that if you are arrested and questioned by law enforcement in Nevada, officers can choose whether or not to record the interrogation?

Last week Propublica wrote about the case of Fred Steese who was wrongfully convicted of a 1992 murder in Las Vegas after falsely confessing during an unrecorded police interrogation. He spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and the real perpetrator is still unknown.

The Nevada State Senate is now considering Assembly Bill 414, which would protect against false confessions by requiring police to record interrogations for the most serious crimes. Law enforcement is fighting against this commonsense transparency measure because they “don’t want the legislature telling agencies how to do their business,” even if that puts innocent Nevadans at risk. On the Assembly side Republicans voted against the bill.

Now the state Senate is considering the legislation, and we need your help. Please contact your Senator and ask him or her to support Assembly Bill 414 to prevent wrongful convictions in Nevada.

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4 Comments

  1. Kerry Lynn Elieff

    In 2011, after my dad was wrongfully convicted in Clinton County, MI. A charge with NO investigation, Detective went back to accuser telling them to say something more happened (He noted that on a police report) That 2nd coached/manufactured statement took a CLOSED 3rd degree investigation to a 1st degree charge. The Under-sheriff would later tell me that the ‘Prosecutor probably told him to do that.’ 1st degree CSC in Michigan is mandatory Life w/o possibility of Parole. Inflated charges to ensure a plea conviction. Plus a Brady Violation, Prosecutor withholding/hiding evidence from defense. I went to talk to my Senator Rick Jones of MI. He stated that he put forth a Bill that would require video forensic interviewing so that statements cannot be coached as easily as they were in the case I walked through. I am not sure what the outcome of that Bill was. But we definitely need this Bill! ~Kerry Lynn

  2. Hilde Baert

    I live in New Hampshire. However, I’ll give it a shot.
    Best, Hilde Baert

  3. Dana White

    I live in Nevada and my son is being wrongfully convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit because of what the officer wrote. This state needs to be investigated because they are so wrong.

  4. Dana White

    I live in Nevada and my son is being wrongfully convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit because of what the officer wrote.

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