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.


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