Confessions in the Courtroom by Lawrence S. Wrightsman

By Lawrence S. Wrightsman

The explanations of confessions, the acceptability of confessions extracted lower than duress and the interrogation methods utilized by police are one of the subject matters explored during this quantity. The authors research how the North American felony process has developed in its therapy of confessions over the last 50 years, assessment the method for deciding on the admissability of confession testimony and supply learn findings on jurors' reactions to voluntary and coerced confessions.

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The child again nodded his head, and did not request an attorney at any time or invoke his right to remain silent. W. M. was brought into a room and was given a soft drink and some candy, after which he allegedly confessed to having committed the burglaries. 1 Recent Court Decisions 39 The next day, after another detective read W. M. his rights, W. M. told him that he committed other burglaries. The child was then arrested and taken to the Division of Youth Services—Detention Center. There were no written acknowledgments by any of the detectives that the warnings were given, either verbally or in writing.

See what I'm saying? . 's decide to prosecute and she's found guilty, . . that could really push her over the edge. I'm not saying it will, Bobby, I'm just, you know, I think we should explore all possi­ bilities. . You're what's important to her more than anything in the world right now. And I think . . if she is incarcerated . . it 42 CONFESSIONS IN T H E COURTROOM could really break her. Up to this point, I don't really have any reason . . to release her. Like I told you before . . unless something else comes forward that can show that she's totally uninvolved.

As noted in Chapter 2, when deciding whether a confession is voluntary, a Court must consider the "totality of the circumstances"; in order words, everything that is possibly relevant to the situation. 1 Why the Shift? Numerous explanations exist for the shift in the direction of the Supreme Court's rulings from the early 1960s to the 1970s and beyond. Fred Graham (1970) notes that at the same time that the Warren Court undertook to limit the powers of the police, the nation began to experience one of its most troubled periods of violent crime and racial unrest.

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