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June 22, 2018

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Police Interrogation
Last Featured: 3/3/2003

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Today’s police interrogation methods were developed to replace more brutal tactics of extracting confessions. While many hail the progress, others point to the lying, manipulation and verbal harassment that are all an accepted part of the interrogation process. The outcome, critics say, is a growing number of false confessions, especially among juveniles. Should interrogations or confessions be video taped? Should certain coercive practices be stopped or would we simply be straight-jacketing law enforcement and jeopardizing public safety?

John Timoney currently Chief of Police of the Miami Police Department, has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. Beginning in 1969, as a rookie officer in New York City, Timoney rose through the ranks gaining a wealth of experience in the department’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, Chief of Department’s Office, Investigation and Review Section, the Office of Management Analysis and Planning and, ultimately, was appointed First Deputy Commissioner. He served four years as Police Commissioner for the city of Philadelphia, commanding a diverse force of 7000 officers. Prior to his appointment in Miami, he served as the CEO for Beau Dietl & Associates.

Peter Neufeld co-founded and directs the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is the co-author of Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches From the Wrongly Convicted. In 1988, Peter became involved in studying and litigating issues concerning the use of forensic DNA testing. His work not only shaped the course of U.S. case law but helped lead to an influential study by the National Academy of Sciences on forensic DNA testing, as well as legislation setting standards for the use of DNA testing. Neufeld serves as a member of the New York State's Commission on Forensic Science.

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"It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tells me what i ought to do."

— Edmund Burke

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Special Announcements
Justice Talking’s last broadcast & podcast was June 30, 2008.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Column on Police Interrogations
Findlaw.com on Police Interrogation
National Center for Policy Analysis
New York Civil Liberties Union
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Police Department Survey by Connecticut Office of Legislative Research
Illinois Prosecutor’s Memo opposing videotaped interrogations
Wall Street Journal Article
Miami Herald Article
Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right
by Jim Dwyer, Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck
Criminal Interrogations and Confessions
by Fred Edward Inbau (Editor), John E. Reid, Joseph P. Buckley, Brian C. Jayne
Race and the Justice System
Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
The Women's Equality Amendment