Monday, November 24, 2008
The video of the now-infamous 8-year-old in St. Johns is chilling.
"Did you shoot your dad?" a sheriff's deputy asks the pajama-clad boy, at the end of an hourlong interview in which he was led ever-so-gently down the primrose path.
The boy rubs his eyes and he covers his face. "I think so," he says softly.
I want to thank the prosecutors in Apache County for releasing the tape of the child's supposed confession to the world this week. I, for one, learned a few things about the criminal-justice system in Arizona.
I learned that it's a place where little children don't have any constitutional rights. How else could police keep at the kid for over an hour, while his mother was told to wait outside, and never offer the boy any adult help?
I learned that it's a place where it is apparently OK to apply the same interrogation techniques to a third-grader that you would to a 30-year-old.
A place where you may get a confession.
But will you get the truth?
At the time of that interview, the boy was accused of killing his father and a second adult male living in the house. [Mark Godsey]