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Silence and Confessions: The Suspect as the Source of Evidence

ISBN13: 9781137333810
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £89.99

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Silence and Confessions examines the treatment of suspects in interrogation and explores issues surrounding the right to silence.

Providing unique insights into the process of interrogation and the experiences of the suspect during interview, this book highlights the dangers facing vulnerable suspects and the problems of identifying and preventing false confessions. It approaches the topic of the right to silence broadly and includes in-depth discussion of the problems with confession evidence, critiquing the discouragement of suspects from exercising their right to silence.

Easton's examination of the relationship between the state and the suspect, the equality of arms principle and the problem of reconciling competing interests and principles in the criminal justice process will be essential reading for scholars in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law, particularly those interested in evidence and law and society.

Evidence, Law and Society
1. Introduction
2. The Debate on the Right to Silence
3. The Impact of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1984
4. The Influence of International Human Rights Standards on the Treatment of the Suspect
5. The Legal Framework of Interrogation
6. False Confessions
7. Suspects and 'Suspect Communities'
8. The Body as Evidence
9. Conclusion