Re: What can the police lie about while conducting an interrogation?, I have to offer my own study of the matter.
And first off, I have to say, I think the staff writer who wrote this article must’ve brought up in a convent:). The police can do all kinds of unethical stuff to elicit a confession! And courts have said it is perfectly alright.
About 20 years ago, I got this book, The Court TV Cradle-to-Grave Legal Survival Guide (ISBN-10: 0316036994, ISBN-13: 978-0316036993, Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (1995)). As you can see, the book is 20+ years old. So I am sure things have gotten even worst since then.
One, trick (according to the book), is to say the police will offer you a plea deal. Ironically, SDStaff Gfactor even goes into this a little bit, in the article. The only problem is, the police don’t have the power to make a plea deal. Only the prosecutor does! And mind you, obtaining things under false pretenses, is usually a crime, when you or I do it. Yet the courts have said the police can, according to the book.
As I said, things have only gotten much more disgusting since. And even if you say, serves the criminal right, consider that innocent people have been coerced into confessing, with the right psychological pressures, by the cops. In fact, I once asked our probate lawyer if you should ask for a lawyer, even if you’re innocent. And his answer surprised me. You should always ask for a lawyer if you are being interrogated! It’s your right, and you don’t have to apologize for that.
I posted a similar topic on this. But I think it was on a different board, and on a slightly different subject that this. So I should be alright posting this one. The article by SDStaff Gfactor was just republished anyways.
And, hey, to my lawyer board members, just how nasty can the cops get when they interrogate you? As I said, I am sure it is even worse than this in 20+ years. Please enlighten us at once:).
And thank you in advance to all who respond, or even just read this (important) thread.