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Reply #20: Do you think witnesses and confessions are 100% reliable? [View All]

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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:22 PM
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20. Do you think witnesses and confessions are 100% reliable?
Don't get me wrong, I am 100% convinced that this beast committed these terrible crimes. However, witnesses are never 100% reliable. Even when you disregard those witnesses who were paid or coerced in another manner. Even when dealing with witnesses who have nothing but the best intentions, time and time again, the limits of the human memory are shown. There are so many things that each one of us are completely convinced are so, that simply aren't. The human mind is a very tricky device indeed. And with regard to confessions, how many confessions do you think have been beaten out of suspects? How many confessions were the result of sleep deprivation after marathon interrogation sessions lasting a day or more? How many confessions were the result of people believing law enforcement officials when they not only have the ability, but the duty to lie during these interrogations? Witnesses and confessions shouldn't be considered anything more than circumstantial evidence most of the time.
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