Law: Third Degree

Evidences of public disapproval of the so-called "third degree" multiply. In Vermont, Governor Billings has just signed a bill which provides that the "third degree" shall not be "administered" to a person suspected of having committed a crime until he has had an opportunity to consult counsel. It is further provided that a copy of this statute shall be placed in each cell of all penal institutions so that prisoners may be aware of their rights.

The "third degree" is the name popularly given to the extortion by the police of information from prisoners by means of protracted questioning combined with lack...

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