Speaking topics: Coerced Confession, Race, Social Justice
In 1991, Huwe Burton was wrongfully convicted of murdering his mother and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. The wrongful conviction was based on a false confession which was coerced by police despite them having compelling evidence that the man who lived downstairs from the Burton’s had committed the crime. Burton was just 16 years old.
Burton recanted his confession and spent more than 20 years wrongfully incarcerated until he was released on parole in 2009. All the while, he was working with his legal team to prove his innocence.. .. In January of 2019, after an intensive joint investigation between the Innocence Project and the Bronx e Conviction Review Unit, the district attorney’s office submitted a recommendation for dismissal of charges against Burton. Burton was finally exonerated. Today, Burton lectures around the country about false confessions and unreliable police interrogation techniques. He is an avid marathon runner, and has been featured on HBO’s Real Sports.