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Inside the Interrogation Room: Manipulation Brings False Confessions

June 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Brian Leslie

True-crime television shows and film noir comprise two of the most popular genres in the entertainment culture. People are fascinated with who did it and why; how they got caught or got away.

More and more, though, it seems the storyline is “falsely accused” and “false confession.” Curiosity and fascination deepen when the possibility emerges that the convicted criminal may actually be an innocent victim. Recent developments regarding the central figure in Netflix’s controversial documentary series, “Making a Murderer,” is a case in point.

In numerous cases where prime suspects end up in jail, defense attorneys later go back to the beginning...

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