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thucythucy Donating Member (182 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 02:14 PM
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58. If you are a person with a disability
this is an especially important lesson to learn and remember. Robert Perske is a retired minister who specializes in cases where people with disabilities, especially those identified as "mentally ill" or "mentally retarded" are framed for crimes they couldn't possibly commit, because they're duped or coerced into making a "confession" without an attorney present.

Perske and the people he works with just recently won a posthumous pardon from the state of Colorado for Joe Arridy, who was executed for a crime he didn't commit. Richard LaPointe has spent years in prison in Connecticut for a crime he didn't commit, all because he "confessed." LaPointe assumed the police were his "buddies" and like many people with developmental disabilities he'd been trained to be compliant to authority figures. So when they told him to confess, he did. When they told him to sign on the dotted line, he signed. He'll probably spend the rest of his life in prison because of that (the prosecutor had asked for the death penalty).

You can check out the details of that case by going to http://www.friendsofrichardlapointe.com .

So yes, the OP is spot on. Never ever ever talk to the cops if you are a suspect or think you are a suspect of a crime, until your attorney arrives on the scene.

As Lenny Bruce once famously said, "In the Halls of Justice, the only justice is in the halls."
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