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Texas Tech School of Law Hosting Homicide Interrogation Expert

George Watson

September 24, 2015

Jim Trainum is a veteran investigator who is well-versed in interrogation techniques and consults with departments across the country on their practices.

WHAT: A lecture titled “Confession Contamination and Statement Reliability Evaluation” by Jim Trainum, a veteran homicide detective who is an expert on investigative and interrogation techniques and how to avoid obtaining wrongful confessions.

WHEN: Noon Monday (Sept. 28)

WHERE: Lanier Auditorium, Texas Tech School of Law, 1802 Hartford Ave.

WHO:; Jim Trainum spent 19 of his 27 years with the Washington, D.C., police department as a homicide detective, where he also worked on several local and federal task forces and joint projects. He is a frequent presenter at universities, police academies, prosecutor's offices, legislative bodies and conferences on topics such as cold case investigative techniques, criminal profiling, avoiding investigative mistakes, interrogation videotaping, police reform and false confessions.

He has twice authored pieces regarding obtaining false confessions or contaminating the interrogation process, stemming mostly from his own circumstances in obtaining a false confession during a 1994 investigation, which he later worked tirelessly to have overturned.

Trainum works with Texas State University and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, which researches reviews of investigative failures. He is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association and the Homicide Research Group. He has received the Ethics in Law Enforcement Award, an honorary professional associate professorship from Marymount University, and the 2009 Champion of Justice Award from The Innocence Project.

The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

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CONTACT: Kari Abitbol, director of communications, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 834-8591 or kari.abitbol@ttu.edu.