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The Need for Blind Testing

The Need for Blind Testing

Saul M. Kassin

I had been studying false confessions for years. It’s inconceivable, I once thought, that anyone would confess to a serious crime he or she did not commit. Unless you held a gun to my head, I would never do that.

Then I read the manuals on how police interrogate people to get them to confess. Using subtle but persuasive forms of trickery and deceit, the techniques they use could have been scripted in Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments. Prodding a beleaguered suspect with phrases such as “We know everything,” “We have your fingerprints,” and “If I were in your situation I would have done the same thing,” police can persuade an innocent person ...

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