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Response: Miranda’s Revenge Since 1966 Miranda rights have been both admired and admonished for their contribution to the American criminal justice system. In Miranda’s Revenge Leo argues that although police conform to these requirements, they also treat suspect interrogation in a manner similar to a confidence game. Leo maintains that these coercive interrogation tactics are the cause for the high number (78%) of suspects waiving their Miranda rights. He supports his claims in a qualitative sociologic study whereby he identifies similarities between police interrogators and confidence men. Leo identifies four different stages interrogators (and con-men) use to process suspects; qualification, cultivation, “conning” and “cooling out”. Leo concludes his research with a powerful statement, “Miranda inspired police to create more sophisticated interrogation strategies, effectively giving them the license to . . . develop their skills in human manipulation.” Interrogators are beset by a myriad of challenges when attempting to gather evidence and obtain
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Unformatted text preview: confessions from suspects. Lies, deceit and manipulation are all keys that many criminals master and employ when dealing with the law. By allowing interrogators the power to utilize similar tools; we are merely leveling the playing field in the fight against crime. In addition, Miranda rights are meant to serve as an unmistakable warning . They spell out in plain language that if you choose to proceed, the ground that follows is treacherous. If a suspect (ironically) chooses not to heed this warning then, his actions (along with the effects) are his own. In contrast, if we as a society choose to prohibit human manipulation tactics, the effectiveness of our criminal justice system will be greatly diminished. Coercive interrogation tactics do not lead to false convictions, instead they act as a tool to pry confessions from guilty criminals. In other words - by any means necessary....
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2008 for the course LSJ 375 taught by Professor Herbert during the Fall '07 term at University of Washington.

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