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Friday, March 7, 2014

Police Perils-How False Confessions Occur Part 2

Okay, we've considered the carefully crafted question (Do you still beat your wife?) Let's consider this next piece of the equation. The police start displaying patience, empathy and understanding. They'll toss out leading questions. Build rapport even before the tape is rolling. 'You know women . . . ya can't live with 'em, ya can't live without them. Ya know, a man can reach his limit. I understand. So'd ya put her in her place? You're mad right? I understand. So why'd you nail her? Let's talk about that.'

There you go, we are in dangerous territory here. You ever say something you wished you didn't or had comments taken out of context? The accused responds something like this . . . 'Yeah . . . we got into it. I might of hit her.' He's thinking he was slapping her hands back so she couldn't punch him any longer. It doesn't sound like it in court. It's called an admission. Misunderstandings are a terrible thing to overcome. Police Perils are spooky indeed. We'll consider the next piece of the puzzle later.

Praise be to the Montana Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries. They strive to overcome injustices. Thanks for the bumper sticker and button.


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