False Confessions– Yes, they really happen.

Many people believe that a confession is among the most powerful– and reliable– forms of evidence.  But that is not always the case.  As this remarkable story from The New Yorker illustrates, confessions produced by police interrogation are sometimes anything but reliable.  If you are detained by a police officer who seeks to question you, know your rights.  You should not say anything until you are permitted to speak to a lawyer.  What you say will come back to haunt you, even if it isn’t true.