How Human Psychological Factors Impede A Lawyer’s Fact-Finding Efforts

Mark Godsey, Ohio Innocence Project

Join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, for a discussion with Mark Godsey of the Ohio Innocence Project. Mr. Godsey will discuss use (and misuse) of science in legal proceedings and how results can be skewed to align with the advocate’s intended messaging.

Mr. Godsey will discuss the Ohio Innocence Project and how its efforts have shown the flaws of the psychological beliefs, such as a belief that jurors can tell if someone is lying and that no one would confess unless truly guilty. Mr. Godsey will address the reasons behind these flaws, such as confirmation bias, the power of suggestion, and the inability to accurately recall events, and particularly, emotional events.

This powerful intersection of criminal justice, psychology, and science is a 1 hr. CLE that is not to be missed!

Register here by Friday, February 7, at noon

About the speaker:

Mark Godsey is the Director and co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project. Mr. Godsey is a renowned activist, scholar, and attorney and a regular commentator on issues relating to wrongful conviction. Mark Godsey’s book entitled Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions explores how science can be misinterpreted and manipulated. 

Prior to his work with the Ohio Innocence Project, Mr. Godsey was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of New York. He has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and graduated law school at The Ohio State University.