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dc.contributor.authorKnight, John Edward
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T21:59:13Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T21:59:13Z
dc.date.issued2002-08
dc.identifier.otherknight_john_e_200208_llm
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/knight_john_e_200208_llm
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/29228
dc.description.abstractOver the past century, the U.S. Supreme Court’s treatment of dubious confessions has evolved in such a way that the protections afforded mentally disabled criminal suspects under the present state of the law are minimal. From an initial focus on the voluntariness of the confession, the standard has shifted to a cursory check for Miranda’s rote warnings and the presence of police wrongdoing, leaving the mentally disabled protected only by the highly subjective totality of the circumstances analysis. The inherently coercive nature of police interrogational tactics has resulted in an increase of the erroneous conviction rate of mentally disabled suspects and a corresponding decrease in the conviction rate of the actual offenders. Of the few options available to ameliorate this problem, videotaping the entire interrogation emerges as the best alternative. A case study of a mentally disabled suspect who was erroneously convicted on the basis of his false confession follows.
dc.languageThe evolution of the law's treatment of the confessions of mentally disabled criminal suspects
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightsOn Campus Only
dc.subjectMentally disabled
dc.subjectmentally retarded,
dc.subjectmentally ill
dc.subjectinterrogation
dc.subjectfalse
dc.subjectconfessions
dc.subjecterroneous conviction
dc.subjectConnelly.
dc.titleThe evolution of the law's treatment of the confessions of mentally disabled criminal suspects
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeLLM
dc.description.departmentSchool of Law
dc.description.majorLaw
dc.description.advisorDonald E. Wilkes
dc.description.committeeDonald E. Wilkes
dc.description.committeeJohn Dayton


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