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False Confessions

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False Confessions

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Thursday 24 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Each year countless American suspects do, and experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. Defense attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen is determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that all too often pressure innocent people into making false confessions. As unthinkable as it may seem, under the right conditions, anyone could be compelled to make a false confession to a crime they have not commited. Ordinary individuals, innocent but vulnerable to manipulative - and surprisingly legal – police interrogation techniques regularly fall prey to this fate. Fisher-Byrialsen demonstrates the lasting damage caused by false confessions in several of her cases and the price society pays as a whole.