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In the morning my mind had been like a spool of cotton;
now all the thread had been stitched away at my job
and only the wooden spool was left.
— Charles Reznikoff (poet-lawyer 1894-1976)
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Category Archives: False confessions
The videotapes show that “the questioning [of the Central Park Five] was respectful, dignified, carried out according to the letter of the law and with sensitivity to the young age of the men. . . . If you spot the first sign of … Continue reading
Ten years ago the Massachusetts high court, fed up with hearing “repeated pronouncements” about the fabulous benefits of recording police interrogations, decided to do something about it. Commonwealth v. DiGiambattista (2004). Cops don’t record interrogations? Fine. But if the … Continue reading
Martian: Greetings, Earthling. I am Professor tg/46# of the Inter-Galactic School of Law. Your Constitution and case law are stored in my lower P-5b. I hear a Manhattan judge has just found the confession of a mentally ill man voluntary, even … Continue reading
Next month, the case of Adrian Thomas will be heard in the NY Court of Appeals. Mr. Thomas was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of his infant son despite overwhelming medical evidence that the baby had suffered … Continue reading
A recent NIJ report found that if you collected all the decisions finding a confession voluntary because the suspect wasn’t handcuffed and was offered a Coke – they would make enough paper mache to cover the Great Wall of China. … Continue reading
Half a century ago the Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona described with distaste the tricks and psychological manipulations recommended in police training manuals. Quoting from the 1962 edition of Inbau & Reid’s Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, the Court described the ruse whereby … Continue reading
Squawk’s idea of a treat is writing as a “friend” of the Court about what the Law oughta be. With no page limit! We’re busily providing the Albany Seven with a lifetime supply of doorstops. Our pitch is that courts … Continue reading
A recent study by the Governor’s Task Force on Justice and Chopped Liver concluded that if you took all the decisions where courts twisted themselves into pretzels to uphold the voluntariness of confessions elicited by police ruses and deceptions and … Continue reading
Imagine watching Shakespeare’s “Othello” without knowing what Iago is up to. Fortunately, Iago’s soliloquies and asides clue in the audience that, while pretending to be Othello’s best friend, he’s manipulating Othello into a jealous rage so that he ends … Continue reading
Squawkers and others have been agitating for years to make the cops videotape police interrogations. Not just the final confession, but the whole thing, including all that “small talk” the cops always say they spent six hours engaging in before … Continue reading