Should Investigators Be Allowed To Lie About Evidence To A Subject During Interrogation?

Written By: Reid
Nov 08, 2019

The state of New York is considering legislation that would prohibit investigators from lying to a subject about evidence in the case, such as indicating to the subject during the interrogation that there is a DNA match with samples taken from the victim; that there is a witness who says that they saw the subject commit the crime; that the subject's finger prints were found at the scene of the crime; or that an accomplice made an incriminating statement implicating the subject in the commission of the crime. Let's examine what the courts say about investigators lying about evidence, whether or not lying about evidence is likely to cause a false confession, and what we teach about the use of deception during an interrogation.

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