Using the Innocent to Scapegoat Miranda: Another Reply to Paul Cassell

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Richard A. Leo

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Richard J. Ofshe

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Sociology

Abstract

This article responds to Paul Cassell's article, Protecting the Innocent from False Confessions and Lost Confessions - And From Miranda. In this article, Cassell suggests an alternative methodology for estimating the annual frequency of wrongful convictions arising from false confessions. The authors argue that Cassell's proposed methodology rests on empirically untenable assumptions and ignores barriers to estimating the harm of improper interrogation methods. Cassell also claims that Miranda requirements present serious risks for innocent suspects. The authors assert that this claim has no empirical foundation.

Keywords: Miranda, Paul Cassell, false confessions, wrongful convictions

Suggested Citation

Leo, Richard A. and Ofshe, Richard J., Using the Innocent to Scapegoat Miranda: Another Reply to Paul Cassell. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 88, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1134081

Richard A. Leo (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

Richard J. Ofshe

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Sociology ( email )

410 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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