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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Follette, Leo & Davis on Mental Health and False Confessions

William C. FolletteRichard A. Leo and Deborah Davis (University of Nevada, Reno, University of San Francisco - School of Law and University of Nevada, Reno) have posted Mental Health and False Confessions (in Elizabeth Kelley, ed., Representing People With Mental Disabilities (2018 Forthcoming)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This chapter reviews various mental disorders and discusses how the vulnerabilities that are typical of these disorders multiply the effectiveness of the interrogation tactics that produce coerced confessions and increases the risk of eliciting false and unreliable confessions. The chapter also describes how attorneys can use scholarship about false confessions to explain to courts and juries how and why coerced and false confessions occur and their effect in the American criminal justice system.

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