This research examines issues related to criminal confessions obtained by police officers. Perceptions of the reliability and validity of such confessions where questionable tactics may have been used to induce a confession are the primary focus of this examination.
Criminal Confessions and the Law
A confession is among the most probative and damaging evidence that can be admitted in court against a defendant (DiPietro, 1993, p. 27). To be admissible in court, due process requires that a confession be (1) voluntary and (2) the product of an essentially free and unconstrained choice by its confessing person. Police interrogation tactics that suggest the presence..