Earlier this week, the New York Times ran an item debunking the notion
that people can spot a lie by watching someone's eyes. The myth that interrogators can determine innocence or guilt through
such means is a major contributor to false confessions.
A recent article in the New York Times noted that criminal trials
are "vanishingly rare" and plea bargaining represents "the real world of criminal justice." This observation is true and important,
especially since the plea bargaining process is fertile terrain for false confessions.