States that require electronic recording of interrogations
Jan 16, 2017
Attorney Thomas Sullivan has done extensive work on promoting the value of electronically recording interrogations and he has extensively surveyed police departments around the country to determine the extent of recording interrogations...
Legal Updates Fall 2016
Nov 01, 2016
Confession suppressed - made under the influence of fear produced by threatsThe suspect does not have to know all of the possible issues they will be questioned about to make a knowing...
The confession of Brendan Dassey (ìMaking a Murdererî) ruled to be involuntary
Aug 15, 2016
In Dassey v. Dittmann (August 2016) the US District Court, E.D. Wisconsin, ruled that Brendan Dassey’s confession was involuntary. Brendan Dassey’s confession to involvement in the murder of Teresa...
Legal Updates Summer 2016
Jul 30, 2016
The Legal Updates Summer 2016 column contains cases which address the following issues:In New York no adverse instruction required if police do not electronically record the interrogationThe value of videotaping: determining the...
Military court decisions re interrogation issues
Jul 11, 2016
Military court decisions re interrogation issues Over the years we have posted on our website numerous military court decisions that dealt with a variety of interrogation issues. For example:
Legal Updates Spring 2016
Apr 30, 2016
Legal Updates Spring 2016 The Legal Updates Spring 2016 column contains cases which address the following issues:Detective erroneously associates “sleep deprivation” with the Reid TechniquePlaintiff claims Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism...
The Legal Updates Winter 2016
Mar 29, 2016
The Legal Updates Winter 2016 column contains cases which address the following issues:California Supreme Court upholds rejection of Dr. Richard Leo testimonyThe value of videotaping the interrogation in disputing intoxication claimConfession voluntariness...
The Legal Updates Fall 2015
Jan 16, 2016
The Legal Updates Fall 2015 column contains cases which address the following issues:What constitutes an intellectual disability? What is mental retardation?Is it coercive to tell a subject that it was important for...
Court admonishes investigator for not following Reid guidelines
Nov 11, 2015
In this case the Appeals court pointed out several prescribed Reid procedures that were not followed by the investigator, resulting in a confession that was found to be involuntary:
Legal Updates for Summer 2015
Aug 01, 2015
The Legal Updates Summer 2015 column contains cases which address the following issues:Court admonishes investigator for not following Reid guidelines Value of video recording interrogation to determine competency to waive rights10-year-old can...