They'd gladly spend 20 minutes trying to squeeze a plea deal out of Bob for
*some* sort of criminal act. That costs them close to nothing. Studies
I've read say the most professional violate at least one Federal law a day,
some, many more.
What gets me is the cops are allowed to lie to *you* during questioning;
but if you lie to *them*, its a criminal offence for 'obstruction of
The best advice EVER on talking to the police:
Don't Talk to Cops, Part 1 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik 27 min
Mr. James Duane, a professor at Regent Law School and a former defense
attorney, tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed ...
Don't Talk to Cops, Part 2 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vfZQWjDVKE 21 min
An experienced police officer tells you why you should never agree to be
interviewed by the police.
Horrific lies, too. As in "We have DNA evidence that links you to the murder
victim" when it's not true or "Your brother named you as his killer just
before he died."
Great stuff. A long time ago as a police reporter I watch how cops clammed
up tight and said only "get my delegate" when they were asked about
something. Of course, they knew every trick in the book that would be used
to coerce them into a possible admission against interest such as: "If you
refuse to talk to us, we'll think you're guilty." Newsflash: That's WHY
they are talking to you. They already think you're involved. Utter word one
and potential perjury charges start racking up like miles on a taximeter.
It takes an average prosecutor to convict a guilty man but it takes a great
prosecutor to convict an innocent one. Bob may think he's the wronged one
when he walks in but he may not walk out feeling that way. I recently read
that a surprisingly large number of defendants take a guilty plea because of
how terrorizing the DA can be regarding the outcome of a trial. Some of
these people ended up being freed by DNA evidence review programs like Barry
Scheck's "Innocence Project" and discussed the reasons why they felt
compelled to falsely confess.
Of course, a skilled interrogator given a little more time could work
wonders on Bob:
<<When an experimenter falsely accused subjects of crashing a computer, 25%
of them confessed even though they'd done nothing wrong, one study found. If
the accusation was corroborated by a (lying) eyewitness, that number jumped
Don't be so sure poor Bob won't fold like a cheap suit under pressure.
The articles above and below are really eye-openers and something a lot of
people have suspected for a long time. In the bad old days, cops would
arrest a guy for one burglary (for which he was guilty) and then get him to
plead to three or four other cases (assuring him, often falsely, he would
get "rhythm" on the extra charges) just so they could close them and make
their clearance rate soar.
<<SINCE 1992 the Innocence Project, an American legal charity, has used DNA
evidence to help exonerate 271 people who were wrongly convicted of crimes,
sometimes after they had served dozens of years in prison. But a mystery has
emerged from the case reports. Despite being innocent, around a quarter of
these people had confessed or pleaded guilty to the offences of which they
Ham sandwich, anyone? (-:
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