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December 2007 , Page 45 

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Inside NACDL: Shining A Light on Injustice

By Norman L. Reimer

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The Champion’s False Confession Issue

For far too long, American law enforcement has exploited the common belief that people will not falsely implicate themselves in a criminal act, absent physical coercion. But with alarming frequency, the facts prove otherwise. Analysis of the steady stream of exonerations shows that a recurrent ingredient in erroneous conviction cases is a false confession. These false confessions, whether an outright admission to the act charged, or merely a false admission to a fact that implicates the accused in the crime, are a blight on America’s system of justice. It is time to confront this phenomenon by exposing its causes and adopting palliative reforms. This issue of The Champion is dedicated to that mission.

The array of feature articles and columns included in these pages vividly exposes the source of the problem, illustrates its extent, offers suggestions for how to uncover a false confession, and describes the status of nati

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