Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond

Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond


How did the USA, a state identified for shielding the "right to stay silent" develop into infamous for condoning and utilizing debatable strategies like water boarding and striking rendition to extract info? What forces be sure the legislation that outline appropriate interrogation innovations and the way do they shift so quick from one severe to a different?

In Confessions of Guilt, esteemed students George C. Thomas III and Richard A. Leo inform the tale of ways, over the centuries, the legislations of interrogation has moved from indifference approximately severe strength to predicament over the slightest strain, and again back. The heritage of interrogation within the Anglo-American international, they show, has been a swinging pendulum instead of a steady continuum of violence.

Exploring a realist rationalization of this trend, Thomas and Leo reveal that the legislations of interrogation and the method of its enforcement are either inherently risky and hugely depending on the perceived degrees of hazard felt by way of a society. legislation react to worry, they argue, and none extra so than those who govern the remedy of suspected criminals.

From England of the past due eighteenth century to the USA on the sunrise of the twenty-first, Confessions of Guilt strains the stressful but attention-grabbing heritage of interrogation practices, new and previous, and the legislation that govern them. Thomas and Leo expertly clarify the social dynamics that underpin the continuous transformation of interrogation legislations and perform and glance severely ahead to what their destiny may hold.

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