Criminal Justice: Another Confession Problem: Unjoining the Joint Trial

As if the continuing U.S. confession controversy were not complicated enough, now the custom of joint trials has surfaced to compound the confusion. When a crime involves more than one defendant, most prosecutors aim to try them together; indeed, joint trials have occurred in many of the most famous U.S. criminal cases. But what if one defendant's confession implicates another? Is the use of such evidence so unfair to a man who has not confessed that it must be excluded?

The question arises because of a jewelry-store holdup in Los Angeles, after...

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