Confessions - Psychology and Law Confessions Master...

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Police training list of reasons a suspect would Fear of legal sanctions Concern about reputation Not wanting to admit to self what has happened (denial) Effect on family What is missing?????
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Examples of false confessions Tulia, Texas, lying narcotics officer (Newsweek) Bulgarian nurses accused of deliberately spreading HIV to children (NYT) Alstory Simon/Anthony Porter (Trib) 72 year old murder case (Trib) Andrew Wilson/Jon Burge (Fact Sheet)
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False confessions continued Jovan Mosley (Loyola World) Central Park jogger (journal article) Kevin/Riley Fox (Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty sheet)
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Confessions and false convictions Of 110 Americans who have been exonerated by DNA evidence, about 20% had confessed to the crime! Leading cause of false convictions is incorrect eyewitness testimony
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Which of the following is legal for police to do in Pretend to have evidence they don’t Pretend someone was identified in a lineup when he wasn’t Present faked “evidence” Lie about having an eyewitness or several Lie about others implicating person in crime Lie about the person’s having failed a lie detector test he actually passed
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Is it legal for police to… Torture suspects Keep suspects awake more than 48 hours at a time Deny food for more than 10 hours Threaten to harm physically Promise to invalidate confession
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Study of California videotaped interrogations In 30% of cases, police lied about having evidence (e.g., eyewitness, fingerprints, hair under victim’s fingernails) that they
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