Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ind. Decisions - More on "Supreme Court bars police claims of racist juries to win confessions"
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.Listen to the tape.
The warning, coming near the end of a three-hour interrogation, likely contributed to the suspect confessing to a murder.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 21, 2014 01:16 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions