question about police interrogations?

I am writing a paper on false confessions and I know that it is illegal for police officers to give promises of leniency during an interrogation. For instance, the officer tells the suspect that if he confesses, the officer guarantees that the state will not seek the death penalty and the suspect will receive a life sentence, as opposed to death. I need to know the court case where this was decided so I can cite it in my paper.

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  • 9 years ago
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    A confession must be made "voluntarily."

    It's not necessarily "illegal" to give promises of leniency. It's just that promises of leniency tend to make a subsequent confession "involuntary," or "coerced."

    Whether a confession is voluntary depends on all of the surrounding circumstances of the confession, including promises of leniency and other police coercion.

    See Lynum v. Illinois, a 1963 Supreme Court decision, for a good discussion of involuntary confessions.

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  • 3 years ago

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