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Brandon L. Garrett

Professor of Law
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2001
B.A., Yale University, 1997

Brandon L. Garrett joined the law faculty in 2005. His research and teaching interests include criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, habeas corpus, corporate crime, scientific evidence, civil rights, civil procedure and constitutional law.

Garrett’s recent research includes studies of DNA exonerations and organizational prosecutions. The research web pages below provide data related to those studies. Harvard University Press recently published Garrett’s book, "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong," examining the cases of the first 250 people to be exonerated by DNA testing. That book was the subject of a symposium issue in New England Law Review, and received an A.B.A. Silver Gavel Award, Honorable Mention, and a Constitutional Commentary Award. It is currently being translated for editions in Japan and Taiwan. In 2013, Foundation Press published Garrett’s casebook, “Federal Habeas Corpus: Executive Detention and Post-Conviction Litigation,” co-authored with Lee Kovarsky. Garrett’s new book examining corporate prosecutions, titled “Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations,” is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in Fall 2014. Garrett’s work has been widely cited by courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, state supreme courts, and courts in other countries, such as the Supreme Court of Israel. Garrett also frequently speaks about criminal justice matters before legislative and policymaking bodies, groups of practicing lawyers, law enforcement, and to local and national media.

Garrett attended Columbia Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. After graduating, he clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then worked as an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin LLP in New York City.

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations

Federal Corporate Prosecution and Plea Agreement Data

"Convicting the Innocent" Data

Author Website

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Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Target Corporations (Harvard University Press, forthcoming Fall 2014).

Federal Habeas Corpus: Executive Detention and Post-Conviction Litigation (with Lee Kovarsky) (Foundation Press casebook, 2013).

Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong (Harvard University Press, 2011).


"Regulating Genetics"

"The Constitutional Standing of Corporations."

"Contaminated Confessions Revisited," 101
Va. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).

"Accuracy in Sentencing," S. Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014).

"Big Data and Due Process" 99
Cornell L. Rev. Online 93 (2014).

"Aggregation and Constitutional Rights," 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 593 (2013).
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“Blinded Criminal Justice,” 2 J. Applied Res. Memory & Cognition 73 (2013).

“Habeas Corpus Standing Alone: A Reply to Lee B. Kovarsky and Stephen I. Vladeck,” 98
Cornell L. Rev. Online 35 (2013).
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“How Jurors Evaluate Fingerprint Evidence: The Relative Importance of Match Language, Method Information, and Error Acknowledgment” (with Gregory Mitchell), 10 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 484 (2013).

“Remaining Silent after Salinas,” 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. Dialogue 116 (2013).
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“Validating the Right to Counsel,” 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 927 (2013).
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"Habeas Corpus and Due Process," 68
Cornell L. Rev. 47 (2012).
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"Eyewitnesses and Exclusion, 65
Vand. L. Rev. 451 (2012).
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“Trial and Error: Learning from Patterns of Mistakes,” Crim. Just., Winter 2012, at 30.

"Globalized Corporate Prosecutions, 97 Va. L. Rev. 1775 (2011).
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"The Substance of False Confessions," 62 Stan. L. Rev. 1051 (2010).
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"Invalid Forensic Science Testimony and Wrongful Convictions" (with Peter Neufeld), 95 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2009).
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"Claiming Innocence," 92 Minn. L. Rev. 1629 (2008).
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"Judging Innocence," 108 Colum. L. Rev. 55 (2008).
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"Structural Reform Prosecution," 93 Va. L. Rev. 853 (2007).
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"Aggregation in Criminal Law," 95 Cal. L. Rev. 383 (2007).
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"Criminal Justice Collapse: The Constitution After Hurricane Katrina" (with Tania Tetlow), 56 Duke L. J. 127 (2006).
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"Innocence, Harmless Error and Federal Wrongful Conviction Law," 2005 Wisc. L. Rev. 35.
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"Madisonian Equal Protection" (with James Liebman), 104 Colum. L. Rev. 837 (2004).
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"Experimentalist Equal Protection" (with James Liebman), 22 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 261 (2004).
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"Remedying Racial Profiling," 33 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 41 (2001).
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"Standing While Black: Distinguishing Lyons in Racial Profiling Cases," 100 Colum. L. Rev. 1815 (2000).
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Book Chapters:

"Images of Injustice" (chapter in Punishment and Popular Culture, ed. Austin Sarat & Charles Ogletree (NYU Press, forthcoming 2014).

“Roots of Wrongful Convictions,” in Philip H. Crowley & Thomas R. Zentall, eds.,
Comparative Decision Making 379 (Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Trial and Error" in C. Ronald Huff & Martin Killias, eds., Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems 77 (Routledge, 2013).

"Collaborative Organizational Prosecution," in Rachel Barkow and Anthony Barkow, eds., Prosecutors in the Boardroom: Using Criminal Law to Regulate Corporate Conduct 154 (New York University Press, 2011).


"Eyewitness Identifications and Police Practices in Virginia," 3 Va. J. Criminal L. __ (forthcoming 2014).

"Accuracy in Sentencing," 86 S. Cal. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014) (symposium issue).

"Validating the Right to Counsel," 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2013) (symposium issue).

"Introduction: Symposium on ‘Convicting the Innocent,’" 46 New Eng. L. Rev. 671 (2012) (symposium issue).
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"DNA and Due Process," 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2919 (2010).

"Corporate Confessions," 30 Cardozo L. Rev. (2009) (symposium issue).
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Book Reviews and Shorter Works:

“Applause for the Plausible,” U. Penn. L. Rev. Online (forthcoming 2014).

"Remaining Silent after Salinas," U. Chi. L. Rev. (2013)

"The Banality of Wrongful Convictions," 112 Mich. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013) (book review of Dan Simon, In Doubt, and James Liebman et al., Los Tocayos Carlos).

Habeas Corpus Standing Alone: A Reply to Lee B. Kovarsky and Stephen I. Vladeck," Cornell L. Rev. Online (2013).

"Blinded Criminal Justice,"
J. Applied Res. Memory & Cog., Commentary on “The Forensic Confirmation Bias,” by Saul Kassin, Itiel Dror and Jeff Kukucka (2013).

"Roots of Wrongful Convictions," Commentary in
Comparative Decision Making, ed. Philip H. Crowley & Thomas R. Zentall (Oxford U. Press 2013).

"Judges and Wrongful Convictions," 48
Ct. Rev. 132 (2012).

"Opening the Black Box," 58
Crime, L. & Soc. Change 567 (2012) (book review of Dan Medwed, Prosecution Complex).

"The Great Writ,"
Rev. of Pol. (2012) (book review, Justin J. Wert, Habeas Corpus in America).

United States v. Goliath," 93 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 91 (2007).
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