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Do People Really Confess To Crimes They Didn’t Commit? Yes

For the better part of the past year, the New York media has been obsessing over retired Brooklyn Homicide Detective Louis Scarcella and his alleged role in procuring numerous confessions from murder suspects. I have no personal knowledge regarding any of these cases. Everything I…

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Thoughts on Stop and Frisk- Part 2

In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us the answer to this very question in a case called “Terry v. Ohio.” The facts in “Terry” are similar to the ones listed in the previous post. In that case, the police ultimately detained the individuals whom…

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Thoughts on Stop and Frisk- Part 1

I was a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office during the height of the “Stop and Frisk” era. I routinely interviewed police officers shortly after they made arrests that lead from their “stops” of individuals and I have even tried a few of the…

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