Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision (disallowing Florida’s IQ cut-off point for defendants to quality for execution) was a welcome development. At this point, I welcome any limitation on the imposition of capital punishment. Too many innocent people, including some who gave false confessions, have been on death row.
The Justice Department has reversed long-time policy about recording interrogations. Henceforth, the FBI and other federal law enforcement will record most interrogations. As false confessions experts agree that such a policy is crucial, this is a most welcome development.