Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Location: Olav H. Hauge
Price: 160/80 (student)
Who’s telling the truth? On credibility in criminal cases
Statements are considered evidence in a court case. Some are seen as more credible than others and lead to a conviction, and thereby a potential miscarriage of justice. Published this autumn, Troverdighet i rettssalen by literary scholar Line Norman Hjorth is based on her PhD thesis about the four people accused of the Orderud murders, a Norwegian cause célèbre.
Bjørn Olav Jahr has also written books based on controversial criminal cases, such as the Birgitte Tengs and Baneheia affairs. He is now topical with a new work on Viggo Kristiansen, who has spent almost 20 years in prison after being found guilty of raping and killing two small girls. The most important evidence against him was the testimony of his friend, Jan Helge Andersen. Kristiansen has claimed throughout to be innocent, and a new investigation is under way.
Lawyer Eirin Eikefjord, political editor of Bergens Tidende, will join the two authors in taking a closer look at what happened in the courtroom during some of Norway’s biggest and most upsetting criminal cases in recent decades.
Hjorth is a writer and researcher affiliated with literature studies at the University of Bergen. Jahr is an author, journalist and non-fiction editor at Gyldendal Forlag.
The event will be in Norwegian.