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January 2016 Archives

False confessions and the Reid Technique

Many California residents may have heard about the case of Brendan Dassey from watching the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." Dassey, then 16 years old, confessed to murdering a photographer in 2005. He was ultimately convicted. However, a Beloit College psychology professor noted that there were certain parallels to other cases he had been involved in that dealt with false confessions.

The intoxication defense in California

In some criminal cases, the defendant may assert intoxication as a defense to the alleged crime. While intoxication is not available as a defense to every alleged criminal act, voluntary intoxication may be used as a defense to crimes that involve an element of specific intent. Involuntary intoxication may be asserted as a defense to any criminal charge.


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