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False Confessions

  • By: Joel T. Nadler & Lauren Murphy
  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

A false confession is obtained when a person admits or pleads guilty to a crime that he or she did not commit. Skeptics suggest that false confessions are statistically rare. However, when a confession is the primary evidence in a conviction, ...

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