The Ethics of Deceptive Interrogation

Vol. 11, Criminal Justice Ethics, 1992

10 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2008

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Richard A. Leo

University of San Francisco

Jerome H. Skolnick

New York University School of Law


This article focuses on the interrogatory stage of police investigation, considering (1) how and why the rather muddled legal theory authorizing deceptive interrogation developed; (2) what deceptive interrogation practices police, in fact, engage in; and  a far more difficult question  (3) whether police should ever employ trickery and deception during interrogation in a democratic society valuing fairness in its judicial process.

Keywords: Criminal procedure, criminal justice, law enforcement, interrogation techniques

Suggested Citation

Leo, Richard A. and Skolnick, Jerome H., The Ethics of Deceptive Interrogation. Vol. 11, Criminal Justice Ethics, 1992, Available at SSRN:

Richard A. Leo (Contact Author)

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Jerome H. Skolnick

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