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Wrongful Convictions Clinic client receives pardon of innocence from N.C. governor

LaMonte Armstrong, whose conviction in a 1988 Greensboro murder case was called into question by new evidence uncovered by Duke Law’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic, was granted a pardon of innocence by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Dec. 23.

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Farahany featured in “Brains on Trial”

Brains on Trial with Alan Alda - logoProfessor Nita Farahany is featured prominently in the PBS documentary series “Brains on Trial.” Farahany serves as a legal and bioethical correspondent throughout the two-part series that examines the question of whether emerging brain-scanning technology might become courtroom evidence about a person's state of mind, thoughts and memories. 

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  • Lisa Kern Griffin portrait
    Professor of Law

    Griffin’s scholarship and teaching focus on evidence, constitutional criminal procedure, and federal criminal justice policy. Her latest article, “Stories in Adjudication” (forthcoming in The Georgetown Law Journal) won the AALS Criminal Justice Section’s award for best paper by a junior scholar. Some of Griffin’s other publications concern political corruption prosecutions, the Supreme Court’s Confrontation Clause jurisprudence, and the construction of mens rea in white collar cases. 

  • Death Row Racism: The Racial Justice Act Before the N.C. Supreme Court

    The North Carolina Racial Justice Act (RJA) permitted inmates to challenge their death sentences by establishing race as a significant factor in their trial. The RJA was repealed in June 2013. In State v. Robinson, the first winning decision under the RJA, Marcus Robinson's death sentence was lowered to life imprisonment after Robinson proved racism in his trial 18 years prior. His case will be heard by the North Carolina Supreme Court on April 14. Jay Ferguson of Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, LLP, counsel in Robinson, will discuss the case as it heads to the Supreme Court. Shelagh Kenney from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation will discuss racism in sentencing and the RJA. Professors Neil Vidmar and Jim Coleman will also join the panel; both are experts in this field and have worked extensively on Robinson. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society.

  • Review of criminal cases from the Supreme Court's 2012-13 term

    Duke Law Professors Neil Siegel, Samuel Buell, Lisa Griffin, and James Coleman discuss the most significant criminal decisions of the 2013 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by Duke's Program in Public Law.

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