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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Power of the False Confession

Confessions have a powerful ability to sway the minds of judges and jurors. Yet there are many documented examples of manipulative tactics used by law enforcement personnel to elicit false confessions from people who are not guilty of the crime they are accused of. Defenders of these [interrogation] techniques fail to realize that [interrogators] cannot distinguish between a true and a false confession. The safeguards [the Miranda warnings, etc.] in place do not protect suspects from making false confessions...False confessions taint other evidence and make trained law enforcement personnel change their previous correct interpretations of the evidence.

Emil Karlson, Debunking Denialism website, 2015

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