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Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond

George C. Thomas III and Richard A. Leo


The extreme interrogation tactics permitted after the 9/11 attacks illustrate that the level of fear in society can influence interrogation law. Confessions of Guilt tells the story of how, over the centuries, law moved from indifference about extreme pressure to concern over the slightest pressure, and back again. Five movements from one extreme to the other can be detected in Anglo-American law. The book argues that the movements are largely caused by the level of threat felt in society. One of the movements occurred when American cities became dense, dangerous places in the late nineteenth ... More

Keywords: confession, interrogation, coercion, involuntary, miranda, magistrate examination, torture, third degree

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195338935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George C. Thomas III, author
Rutgers University

Richard A. Leo, author
University of San Francisco

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Part I The First Revolution in Interrogation Law: From Torture to Protecting Autonomy

Part II The Second Revolution in Interrogation Law: The Rational Approach Comes of Age

Part III The Third Revolution in Interrogation Law: Miranda’s Volcano—Fiery, Brief, and Dormant

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