Prof. Ben Trachtenberg was recently called upon as an expert in criminal procedure by outlets covering the Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson murder cases, which have received attention from the national media.
Columbia resident Ryan Ferguson was recently released from prison after the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned his conviction, finding that the prosecutor’s office withheld evidence in his trial. Prof. Trachtenberg spoke of the potential legal actions Ferguson could either face or take, including suing those who prosecuted him.
The man who incriminated Ferguson, Charles Erickson, is currently imprisoned for the crime. Speaking with the Columbia Daily Tribune, Prof. Trachtenberg discussed the likelihood of Erickson being released after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.