Court Rings False Note on False Confessions

, New York Law Journal


Rory Lancman, a member of both the New York State Assembly Codes and Judiciary Committees and appellate counsel to Morelli Ratner PC, writes: In last month's highly anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals made Douglas Warney's case one about pleadings, not confessions. In so doing, the Court clung to the discredited notion that innocent people confess to crimes without being coerced, and missed a perfect opportunity to both educate the justice system and remove an unreasonable and illogical barrier to compensation for those forced to endure the nightmare of being imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit.

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