Silence and confessions : the suspect as the source of evidence / Susan Easton, Reader in Law, Brunel Law School, UK.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
xviii, 256 pages ; 23 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction 2. The Debate on the Right to Silence 3. The Impact of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1984 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.
"Silence and Confessions examines the treatment of suspects in interrogation and explores issues surrounding the right to silence and confession evidence. Employing a socio-legal approach, it draws from empirical research in the social sciences including social psychology to understand the challenges in obtaining reliable evidence and maintaining the integrity of the interrogation process. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
K5473 .E17 2014
9781137333810 (hardback) 1137333812 (hardback)