Criminology Expert Witness On Alleged False Confession

Richard Leo, a professor of psychology and law at the University of San Francisco, testified in the case against Tim Jimerson in the1992 murder of Toni Spicer.  The defense argued that a false confession was made during police interrogation. The criminology expert witness is the Hamill Family Professor of Law and Social Psychology at USF and has written numerous empirical articles and books on the practice and psychology of police interrogation, false confessions, and the wrongful conviction of the innocent.

However, 2011 DNA testing on a strand of hair found on Ms. Spicer’s body linked Jimerson to the killing. The defendant was sentenced on 9/4/15 to 45 years in prison after being found guilty of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon.




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