Anatomy Of A Bad Confession, Part 1
But for a teenage girl whose baby has been dead for no more than a day and a couple of hours, who pleads and cries through much of the interview, her attorney, Ed Ryan, has another description of what the cops are doing.
Ryan, a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, calls this the worst case of coercion he’s seen in 35 years.“This was psychological torture, is the best way to describe what they did to this young woman,” Ryan says. “This video should be used as an example of what not to do.”
“Their interrogation was designed not to determine the truth, not to get at the facts,” he says. “Their intention was designed to force her to confess to doing it in the way they figure she did it. They are the ones that force-fed her the word ‘suffocation’ ” — and the word “smother.”
“It’s shocking that they didn’t take the time to consider there may have been an alternative reason for the child’s death,” Ryan says.
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