Criminal Justice: The Confession Controversy

To "make a dollar," Richard Cone mailed eight packages of marijuana home from Panama. When he returned to Manhattan and picked up his parcel, U.S. customs agents arrested him. Minutes later, while walking to a Government car, Cone confessed; he freely gave evidence that helped earn him a five-year sentence for smuggling narcotics. Later he appealed, basing his argument on the Supreme Court's controversial 1964 decision Escobedo v. Illinois, which ruled that when investigation shifts to accusation, police must tell all suspects of their rights to silence and to counsel—and that...

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