The Law Report: Foetal Alcohol Disorder, Confabulation and Wrongful Conviction

A discussion of the the Privy Council case of Teina Pora on ABC’s The Law Report.  Listen here. A case of wrongful conviction driven by false confession:

New Zealander Teina Pora was 17 when he confessed to the rape, murder and burglary of a woman in 1992.

After spending more than 20 years in jail, the highest court in the Commonwealth – the UK Privy Council – has quashed his conviction.

New evidence accepted by the court found his confession was a confabulation – a form of honest lying, because Teina Pora was born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s