The Law: Confessions from Suspects

One January evening in 1960 a 22-year-old laborer named Danny Escobedo was taken into custody by Chicago police. Under intensive questioning he confessed to complicity in the slaying of his brother-in-law. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for first-degree murder. Escobedo appealed on the grounds that the police had refused his requests to allow him to consult his lawyer during the interrogation and that his confession had not been voluntary. The Illinois Supreme Court agreed that the confession was involuntary and reversed his conviction; then the state asked for a rehearing,...

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