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David Harris on Whether Criminal Defendants Should Testify

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February 21, 2013

Professor David Harris explained why a defendant in a criminal case would, or would not, testify.  The question has come to the fore in the last week with the trial of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, which is now in the hands of the jury.  Justice Orie Melvin declined to testify during her trial. In an interview on Essential Pittsburgh on WESA public radio, Professor Harris explained that there is much more of a risk in testifying than most people realize.

To hear the full interview, click here and then click the audio bar under "Taking the Stand in Your Own Defense."



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