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Dr. Richard Leo Testimony In Jimerson v. State (June 2016)

Oct 26, 2016

In Jimerson v. State (June 2016) Dr. Richard Leo testified about police interrogation techniques and specifically referenced the Reid Technique. The following is a discussion of several statements that Dr. Leo made...

Dr. Richard Leo report describes his view of false confession issues and police interrogation techniques

Aug 31, 2016

In a recent report in an alleged false confession case, Dr. Richard Leo describes his view of current law enforcement interrogation techniques and the various issues associated with false confessions. Dr. Leo’s...

Court offers scathing rejection of false confession expert Dr. Alison Redlich

Feb 10, 2015

In People v. Oliver (July 2014) the Supreme Court, Kings County, New York rejected the testimony of false confession expert Alison Redlich. In their opinion the court stated the following:

False Confessions

Jan 29, 2015

False confessions do occur. Although they happen infrequently, they often involve high profile cases. Whenever they occur it is incumbent on all investigators to examine the details of each case in order...

Recent article in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Aug 13, 2013

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...

Confession Contamination

Jul 23, 2013

In an article entitled, Combating Contamination in Confession Cases, the authors carefully examine the problem of false confession cases, with a particular emphasis on the problem of DNA exoneration cases in which...

How A Teen's Coerced Confession Set Her Free

Jan 05, 2012

That is the title of a story NPR produced yesterday which focuses on the interrogation of a 16 year old mother on whether or not she killed her 13 month old son...

New York Times article of false confessions

Nov 30, 2011

On November 27, 2011 the New York Times published an extensive article on several false confession cases. The focus of the article is on several cases from Illinois involving subsequent DNA testing...

Does an interrogation that exceeds 6 hours mean that the resulting confession was coerced?

Oct 20, 2011

Dr. Richard Leo has espoused the position that interrogations that exceed 6 hours result in coerced confessions. The basis for this statement can be found in an article he co-authored with Steven...

The suspect claims the police "softened him up" by acting friendly - was his confession coerced?

Apr 15, 2011

In the Reid Technique one of our central principles is to always treat the suspect with respect, and to express empathy and understanding towards the suspect's situation. In the case of Sanchez...