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Resource ID: #16036
Subject: Criminal Justice System
Source: Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Date: 1999-09-26



The Daily Press reports "Ricky was a 15-year-old learning-disabled boy in the hands of skilled interrogators. His confession, which he immediately recanted, was made under pressure and without his father present. Prosecutors were so certain that only the guilty confess, they ignored eyewitnesses, evidence and a defense attorney with addiction problems that were well-know to the court. Everyone ignored a videotape in which the alleged victim admits he shot himself, then laughs about it. Everyone also ignored the alleged victim's psychiatric and criminal past, which at the time included two suicide attempts and more than 20 criminal charges."

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