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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:22 PM

Review of book on Police Interrogation

Just came across this review of a book on Police Interrogation. http://www.thejuryexpert.com/2012/11/book-review-police-interrogations-and-false-confessions-current-research-practice-and-policy-recommendations/

This is a collection of chapters written by well-known scholars in the area of false confessions and police interrogations. A review of the Table of Contents shows a stimulatingly broad range of topics. You will find the expected reviews of research on police interrogations and false confessions and then everything from juvenile interrogations, the difference between false confessions and false guilty pleas (which takes you into the shadowy arena of plea bargains), chapters on recording the interrogation (one of which educates on camera angles that reduce observer bias), how to most effectively give the oral Miranda warning, the expert witness (including identification of the five most common challenges to expert testimony and suggestions for refuting those challenges), and a whole lot more.

The fact that police can lie about so many different things is the most problematic aspect of interrogations to me.

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