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Northwestern seeks to join legal fight over Knoxville teen's confession

May 22nd, 2013 8:36 pm by Jamie Satterfield - Knoxville News Sentinel

Northwestern seeks to join legal fight over Knoxville teen's confession

One of the nation’s most prestigious law schools is asking to weigh into a battle over whether a teenager’s confession was illegally coerced by investigators who told him he would be repeatedly gang raped in prison.

The Northwestern University of Law has filed what is known as a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of Carlos Campbell, 19, who confessed a role in a series of drive-by shootings in Knoxville’s inner city after two Knoxville Police Department investigators told him he would be gang raped in prison daily if he didn’t spill the beans on his involvement.

The brief was filed by a unit of the university’s prestigious Innocence Project, which has been responsible for overturning hundreds of death convictions based on newly available DNA evidence. The particular unit involved in Campbell’ case is the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth.

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