South Carolina

Yesterday a South Carolina judge vacated the conviction of a teenager executed for a murder he likely did not commit. The court noted that the boy’s confession appeared coerced and unreliable. The growing awareness of false confessions is encouraging.

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Supreme Court Setback

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that a police stop based on the officer’s false believe can lead to a legally valid search. Anything that leads to greater police discretion to detain and interrogate is apt to produce more false confessions.