The Talmudic Tradition of 'Making a Murderer'

At the heart of a riveting Netflix documentary on a questionable murder conviction is the suspect’s own confession. That evidence is seen as problematic in Jewish law and by the lawyer who ultimately exonerated Brendan Dassey.

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When clinical law professor and attorney Steven Drizin, who traces his lineage to some of the founders of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement, sits down to work each day, a phrase from Deuteronomy stares down at...