International Journal of Law


International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2018)

False Confessions: Fallacy in the American criminal system


Devansh Rathi

People are generally convicted for murders, rapes and manslaughters but one might have hardly heard of someone being convicted for the offence he actually didn’t commit. It may sound ludicrous but this practice is prevalent in America. The article seems to emphasis on the various causes of false confessions & other factors prompting wrongful conviction. The article includes facts and figures from the various studies and organizations that have been established for the purpose of studying such a fallacy. Prominent cases and trials have been incorporated to make the piece of writing intriguing and to depict how the victims come under duress and become prey to such a luring bait due to several manoeuvre pretences. The article also gave rise to several other questions which need to be addressed for the smooth dispense of justice to the innocent. The article is concluded with a number of viable remedies and reforms that can be employed to mitigate the use of such a practice from the American Criminal Procedure. The article adds up to the knowledge of readers from both disciplines – psychology and law, as the subject matter on which the article is constructed is a concoction of cognitive psychology and law.
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