Police Trickery Prompts Concern From State's High Court

, New York Law Journal

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Judges of the New York Court of Appeals hear arguments about the potential of police deception to elicit a false confession in the cases of 'People v. Thomas' and 'People v. Aveni' in Albany on Tuesday.
Judges of the New York Court of Appeals hear arguments about the potential of police deception to elicit a false confession in the cases of 'People v. Thomas' and 'People v. Aveni' in Albany on Tuesday.

Aveni's attorney, David Weisfuse of White Plains, said the defendant's Miranda rights were violated when, on one hand, police told his client he could remain silent, and on the other hand told him that it was imperative he tell them what happened to the victim.

Ingrid Effman also argued for Thomas.

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    What a terrible situation. Tell us what happened so your child can be saved ? That crosses the line. A police force from another era engaged in such tactics; they were called "Gestapo".

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