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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Guilty Pleas and False Confessions
 
A visitor to this site writes: "I happened to come across your website and just wanted to thank you for the work you do.  A few years ago my wife and I felt like we had to plead guilty to a business crime that we were wrongly accused of.  There were many reasons why we felt like we had to plead guilty.  Probably the worst decision I ever made."
 
A nice reminder that guilty pleas are a major source of false confessions. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges all need to do more to ensure that those who plead guilty aren't in fact innocent.
 
9:55 am est

Monday, January 3, 2011

Speaks For Itself
 
What jumps out at me from this interesting story is the prosecutor's claim that the confession, though riddled with inconsistencies, speaks for itself and establishes guilt. Note, too, that this shaky confession also fingered someone else, a useful reminder that false confessions sometimes involve false accusations of others as well.
 
 
12:23 pm est


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