Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond

Hardcover | April 10, 2012

byGeorge C. Thomas III, Richard A. Leo

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The extreme interrogation tactics permitted after the 9/11 attacks illustrate that the level of fear in society can influence the law of interrogation. In light of controversial water boarding policies and extraterritorial detention centers, what is the basis for interrogation law in theUnited States? What is the historical precedent for giving potential criminals the right to "remain silent" or confess to a crime? In Confessions of Guilt, esteemed scholars of law and criminal procedure George Thomas and Richard Leo tell the story of how, over the centuries, the law of interrogation moved from indifference about extreme pressure to concern over the slightest pressure, and back again. Demonstrating that the lawof interrogation is inherently unstable and highly dependent on the perceived levels of threat felt by a society, the authors shed light on the nuanced and fascinating history of interrogation practices, both new and old.

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The extreme interrogation tactics permitted after the 9/11 attacks illustrate that the level of fear in society can influence the law of interrogation. In light of controversial water boarding policies and extraterritorial detention centers, what is the basis for interrogation law in theUnited States? What is the historical precedent f...

George C. Thomas III is Rutgers University Board of Governors Professor of Law and the Judge Alexander P. Waugh, Sr. Distinguished Scholar. Richard A. Leo is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195338936

ISBN - 13:9780195338935

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1. IntroductionPart One: The First Revolution in Interrogation Law: From Torture to Solicitude2. Early Interrogation Law3. English Interrogation Law from 1674-18484. Early American Law of InterrogationPart Two: The Second Revolution in Interrogation Law: The Rational Approach Comes of Age5. The Rise of Rationality in the Law of Interrogation6. The "American Methods" - The Third DegreePart Three: The Third Revolution in Interrogation Law: Miranda's Volcano: Fiery, Brief, Dormant7. The Miranda "Revolution"8. Miranda Changes the Confessions World9. Miranda Today10. Interrogation Law: The Future?