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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Hidden Cost Of False Confessions
 
A visitor to this site writes to ask: "How has it come to be in America that forcing a confession is acceptable, especially knowing that in doing so the real culprit is left free to violate society again?"
 
It's a very good point. When the authorities obtain a confession, they usually shut down the investigation. When someone is wrongly convicted based on a false confession, the true perpetrator remains at large.
 
7:29 am est

Monday, August 11, 2008

Reliable Evidence
 
Recent advances in fingerprint technology are, in the words of the Associated Press, "one in a string of developments that gives modern forensics" an expanding ability to solve crimes. As law enforcement improves its ability to gather physical evidence, it should be less reliant on confessions to solve crimes and therefore slower to resort to the interrogation techniques known to produce false confessions. 
 
7:07 am est

Friday, August 1, 2008

Barry Beach
 
In the ranks of probable false confessions, few are more disturbing than this one.
 
 
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