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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ind. Decisions - More on "Supreme Court bars police claims of racist juries to win confessions"

The ILB has had a number of posts re the May 13th Supreme Court opinion in McLynnerd Bond, Jr. v. State of Indiana.

This afternoon the Indianapolis Star has posted a story by Tim Evans with this Editor's Note:

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled a murder confession obtained by a Gary police detective cannot be used in the suspect's trial because the police officer told the man he would not get a fair trial because he was black. This video (audio with photos) includes the detective's comment as well as clips from the three-hour interrogation conducted in February 2011.
Evans' story begins:
Police officers have been given wide latitude in interrogation tactics, but the Indiana Supreme Court on May 13 ruled a Gary detective went too far when he implied to a black suspect that his race precluded him from receiving a fair trial and an impartial jury.

The warning, coming near the end of a three-hour interrogation, likely contributed to the suspect confessing to a murder.

Listen to the tape.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 21, 2014 01:16 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions