The Fall of the Confession Era
18 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2008
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
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