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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Public Exposure
 
Of the various arguments against trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, the worst is that our government's use of waterboarding will be exposed. Indeed, the public's exposure to "enhanced interrogation techniques" could be one of the beneficial results of his trial.
 
10:51 am est

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wise Words
 
A public defender writes to tell me:
 
"I have a colleague with a client who seems patently innocent.  All the forensic evidence is in his favor.  The eyewitness evidence is in his favor.  But he confessed.  His IQ is in the 50s—he’s quite impaired and the confession doesn’t even make much sense.  . . . False confessions happen for a lot of reasons, not just coercive police tactics.  Police and lawyers need to be very attuned to the vulnerabilities of certain kinds of suspects/defendants, and to certain conditions like sleep deprivation and grief."
 
12:31 pm est


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