Involuntary Murder Confession? Ninth Circuit Says No.

When a defendant confesses to a murder and later claims that his confession was involuntary, a judge will evaluate if the atmosphere of the questioning was threatening, if the police officers manipulated or made promises to defendant to encourage him to confess and how easily defendant provided the information. In the following case, defendant appealed his conviction, arguing that his confession was coerced and thus, involuntary and the jury consideration of his confession was a constitutional violation. The appellate court evaluated the confession and disagreed with defendant. To read a summary of the opinion, please click on the following link –

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