An article entitled, "Let's Change How Police Question Young Suspects," points out several cases that raise questions about the interrogation tactics used:
"17-year-old Codey Wayne Miller, diagnosed with borderline mental retardation, confessed to choking his mother to death. He did this after an officer threatened him with the death penalty ó a legal impossibility given the Supreme Court's 2005 holding that capital punishment for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment and, thus, unconstitutional. The judge who ordered Miller's confession to be suppressed called the interrogation techniques used against the teen "mind boggling" and "absolutely incredible."
Similarly, 19-year-old Knoxville resident Carlos Campbell confessed to playing a role in a series of drive-by shootings after police investigators warned he would be gang raped in prison on a daily basis if he did not admit his involvement. A judge recently denied Campbell's motion to suppress the confession, and it's unclear whether there will be an appeal.
A third Tennessee case involves a 14-year-old with no arrest record, Jonathan Ray, who confessed to setting a house fire that killed his mother. He did this after police told him his Miranda rights were meaningless because his stepfather "who lacked legal custody" had already given them permission to question him. The juvenile court judge suppressed the confession, but the case has not yet been resolved."