The Fall of the Confession Era

18 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2008

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Kenworthey Bilz

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: August 8, 2008


This book review-essay of Solan & Tiersma's SPEAKING OF CRIME argues that with the advent of new technologies such as improvements in DNA identification, fMRI 'lie detector' tests, and the like, courts will rely less and less on confessions altogether, rendering obsolete much of the doctrine that currently surrounds linguistic interpretation (and other markers) of consent and coercion.

Keywords: confessions, self-incrimination, linguistics, scientific evidence, forensic evidence

Suggested Citation

Bilz, Kenworthey, The Fall of the Confession Era (August 8, 2008). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 96, p. 367, 2005, Available at SSRN:

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