STL Professor Nicholas Frayn Discusses Current Criminal Law Case Pending in the New York Court of Appeals
On November 4, 2014, the Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) hosted a lunch-time lecture during which STL Visiting Assistant Professor Nicholas Frayn discussed an important criminal law case currently pending in the New York Court of Appeals. The case, People v. Dunbar, asks whether a program run by the Queens District Attorney of videotaped interviews with defendants conducted shortly before they were arraigned, at which point the right to counsel would attach, violated the defendants’ rights under the Fifth Amendment, which include protection from compelled self-incrimination.
Before joining STL, Professor Frayn was an attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice, the largest public defender program in the United States. At the Legal Aid Society, he litigated dozens of cases in which defendants had given videotaped statements under the program at issue in People v. Dunbar. Professor Frayn described the various arguments that have been raised in the filings and engaged the audience of STL students and faculty with challenging questions about defendant’s “rights” in the United States criminal justice system.
Professor Frayn teaches criminal law in STL’s first-year J.D. curriculum.