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False Convictions And Wrongful Convictions

by | Jun 8, 2021 | Legal News Links

It is often hard to believe that people will admit to things they didn’t do, but it happens more often than people believe.  A pretty good summation of the phenomenon is right here.

“Scientists who study this phenomenon group false confessions into three general categories: (1) voluntary; (2) coerced-compliant, and (3) coerced-internalized.[3]  Voluntary confessors know what they are stating is untrue; the classic example is when aviator Charles Lindbergh’s baby was kidnapped and hundreds of people claimed responsibility.[4] These people are often driven by intense feelings of delusion, guilt, or even desire for notoriety.”