A coerced confession is an involuntary confession that comes from overbearing police conduct instead of a defendant's"rational intellect and free will." The incriminating statement is not a product of the suspect's free choice (whether motivated by a guilty conscience or something else).
The two men met while Neal was living in a group home.
Neal comes from a neglectful and possibly abusive background.
Tragically, this practice has led to many a wrongful conviction.
Physical abuse The 1936 case involved confessions secured through whippings and tree-hangings.
Of particular concern to the court is Detective Martin's deliberate and repeated violation of 2.1.
Constitutional provisions Confessions (rather false or true) procured through overreaching police conduct deprive us of our right to due process of law and our right against self-incrimination.
He did not finish high school and has relatively low intelligence.
There is indication of possible sexual exploitation.
After a grueling interrogation during which 14-year-old Michael Crowe was isolated, deceived and manipulated every which way, he finally said something his accusers wanted to hear: "I think I did it." But Michael didn't do it.