Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New article on false confessions

Here is an article from the April, 2010 Stanford Law Review which highlights the phenomenon of false confessions and specifically shows how most false confessions include surprisingly rich, detailed, and accurate information. The article suggests reform to all facets of the criminal justice system in an effort to control the contamination of confessions by improper interrogation techniques.

Here is a recent NY Times piece that discusses this article as well as the case of Eddie Lowry (blogged about here), a man who falsely confessed to a Riley County rape and was later awarded a $7.5 million settlement for his wrongful incarceration.

Hat tip to Melanie Freeman-Johnson for bringing this article to my attention.

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