Often, threats or promises are made to the suspect off camera and then the camera is turned on for a false confession. Without an objective record of the custodial interrogation, it is difficult to gauge the reliability of the confession. For law enforcement agencies, recording interrogations can prevent disputes about how a suspect was treated, create a clear record of a suspect’s statements and increase public confidence in the criminal justice system. Recording interrogations can also deter officers from using illegal tactics to secure a
The fact that the prosecutor works in the interests of the state can be seen as the underlying factor here. The prosecutor can get away with misconduct; because if it were proven that the prosecutor was actually responsible for misconduct it would greatly undermine the goal of the state, which is to seek justice. If the prosecutor is misconducting themselves then it gives the impression that the prosecutor is not interested in justice, but more so a conviction, whether it be done so legally and ethically, or not. Prosecutorial misconduct happens, and
Discuss the reliability of information gained from interviewing suspects [15 marks] Interviewing suspects can have be reliable and unreliable in terms of the information gained from the interview. One way in which interviewing suspects can gain unreliable information is through false confessions. For example, in using Inbau’s nine steps of interrogation a tense atmosphere is caused e.g direct confrontation and interrupting any attempt of denial from the suspect creates a stressful environment. Therefore this may lead to false confessions from the suspect in order to escape the stress of the interrogation rather than an actual admission of guilt. This is an example of how interviewing suspects can lead to unreliable information because this interview can lead to false or real confessions dependent on the individual.
This would typically include interviewing potential witnesses, determining what happened, and putting the pieces together. On an incident such as the Michael Brown slaying in St. Louis, witnesses couldn’t be taken as seriously as usual simply because of the uproar within the community. Any witness would automatically determine fault to be on the police officer. Investigators may read between the lines, though, often determining what truth is and what lies are. When video released of the Rodney King beating, South Central Los Angeles was
The film Gone Baby Gone raises many deep moral questions surrounding our morality and our ability to make decisions based on ethics. The film, directed by Ben Affleck, centers around the investigation led by the police and two private investigators looking for an abducted girl. The girl’s family is distressed, although their ability to take care of the girl is questionable. It is made obvious that her mother has addictions to various drugs, and that her and her boyfriend owe money to a drug lord. We learn the backstory of a head of police; his daughter was also abducted and killed many years ago.
It is supported through murder of Mr. Were where the judge of the case accused the state of trying to cover up the murder by “cover up the DNA test results”( Judge Accuses State of Cover-Up in Were Murder) Also in the case of James (Whitey) Bulger was a big time crime lord but by being an “informant….government did not vigorously pursue during his trial” (Seelye, Katharine Q) Both of the stories had ways where their connections that allowed them to not be prosecuted for a certain period of time. Though in the Bulger case his connections in the CIA granted him immunity ran out as, he was then charged with all the murders that he committed over 50 years ago. Money and connections can only get you so far. The president used his connections to not be prosecuted what he thought was indefinitely was soon found out by Elise.
Police brutality in the United States Police officers are supposed to protect us from criminals danger; federal agents are supposed to protect us from terrorist attacks, and CIA agents are supposed to collect and evaluate information about our enemies. All of these law enforcement officers work together to provide us with the ultimate protection, but this decent purpose changed to become a terrifying nightmare for citizens in the United States. The sad truth about the policing system in the states is that many law enforcement officers use excessive force on powerless individuals or groups such as minorities, the young, and the poor in order to complete their jobs. Police brutality is one of several forms of police misconduct; in fact, it is now one of the US government’s biggest concerns because it violates human rights. So what does it mean?
Starting with the way in which the police present the suspect to the witness. Often, before any identification is made the witness will see the suspect wanted for questioning in handcuffs or in the back of a police car. The natural assumption is that the officers must have further incriminating evidence on this person, so he must be the perpetrator. What many experts say is the better practice is to use a double-blind procedure. The person showing the photos to the witness should not know the identity of the suspect.
The prosecution turned over the information but withheld one document. This document was the actual murder confession by the defendant. The defendant was convicted and in post conviction proceedings. As a result the defense counsel raised the issue and demanded a new trial (Oyez Project, 2014). Issues: The issue is whether or not the prosecution violated the petitioner’s due process rights when evidence was withheld by the prosecution that would be favorable to the defendant.
Once the behavioral profile is done, the profiler can then compare this to other criminals or mental patients with the same basic characteristics. It is generally very difficult to get professional hands-on experience on how to be a profiler. Police have been able to catch a wide array of people using profilers, including serial killers. Once criminals have been taken into custody, profilers can learn even more about the criminal mind and can find possible motives, verify motives, and/or assess the defendant's state of mind. The police psychologist does more hands-on work with officers and victims as opposed to criminals.