Criminal Justice: Concern About Confessions

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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How does a nation such as the U.S., which professes the Jeffersonian ideal of "equal and exact justice to all men," balance the safety of society against the rights of the individual?

In 1964, the Supreme Court raised that profound issue by hurling a constitutional thunderbolt at the most basic U.S. police method of solving crimes: questioning suspects and extracting confessions. For decades, that system has thrived on the fact that most people are not aware of their constitutional right to silence. By holding that suspects may need lawyers to protect that right not...

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