How False Confessions Can Sway a Jury


Lee Dye writes on ABC News today about the issue of false confessions and two recent laboratory studies of false confessions and the effect of misinformation on witnesses.

The research adds to a growing body of scientific literature revealing that we often don’t see what we think we’ve seen, and even credible witnesses are vulnerable to false testimony and harsh interrogations. It is particularly timely with the approaching trials of suspected terrorists now housed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because there will likely be many confessions in connection with those cases, and some of them will almost certainly be false.

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. (ABC News, 02/04/09)

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