Do people confess to crimes they don’t commit?
Do people confess to crimes they don’t commit? The age old question in criminal law. It seems so difficult to believe. Why would anyone admit to doing something they didn’t do? Particularly something as awful as sexual assault, child abuse, shaken baby, murder, or molesting a child. We all want to think – if I was ever charged with something like that, and I didn’t do it, I would SCREAM “I’m innocent!” I would never confess to it. But there is overwhelming and undeniable evidence to the contrary, in the form of case studies, statistics, data, and DNA exonerations by Innocence Projects throughout the country. Quite simply, people do confess to crimes they didn’t commit. And they have for centuries. For all kinds of reasons. Just remember, scores of Puritans in Massachusetts confessed to being a witch who spoke with Satan — were they really possessed by the anti-Christ? Or did they do it to avoid being hung from a tree? Read more
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