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Was Melissa Lucio interrogated and coerced into confessing to something she didn’t do?

Today we talk about the reliability of memory and the psychology of false confessions. Plus, the impact on women, in particular, within the criminal justice system.


(Image: AP Photo/Valley Morning Star, Theresa Najera)
Melissa Lucio was sentenced to death on July 10, 2008 in Brownsville, Texas.


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Have you ever experienced something so traumatic that you had a hard time trying to remember what happened?

Why would you ever confess to something you didn't do?

According to research, women are more likely than men to be convicted of crimes, when no crime occurred. Data from the National Registry of Exonerations, which accounts for 3,062 exonerated individuals, estimates that nearly 70% of women who were exonerated had been convicted of crimes that didn’t occur.

Was this the situation with Melissa Lucio?

A psychologist and law professor are here to take us through this discussion and to field listener calls. Also, we'll be joined by the executive director of Death Penalty Action, the organization that has been coordinating the Free Melissa Lucio campaign.


Professor Valena Beety

Dr. Jeff Temple

  • Psychologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
  • Director of the Center for Violence Prevention

Abraham Bonowitz

  • Co-founder and Executive Director of Death Penalty Action, the organization that has been coordinating the Free Melissa Lucio campaign on behalf of Melissa Lucio’s son, John Lucio.
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