Wednesday, May 25, 2011

False confessions often come from young, coerced


Richard Leo, one of the nation's top experts on false confessions, has studied what goes wrong.

"For people to say 'I'd never give a false confession' is naïve," he said.

"They don't understand the situational pressures" by police trained in wearing down suspects' resistance, said Leo, a law professor at the University of San Francisco.

"Children" are indeed naive and very vulnerable, they do not know their miranda rights, nor much at all about the law, neither do most adults.

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