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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A Legal Acknowledgement that they were "The Wrong Guys"

This book, by Tom Wells and Richard Leo, chronicles how U.S. Navy Sailors ("The Norfolk Four") were manipulated and psychologically coerced into confessing to a heinous crime they did not commit.  Now, two of the four have just had their convictions overturned.  A third previously had his conviction overturned.  The fourth already served out his sentence. 

Here are the latest stories (many others about the case can be found online):

Yes, while it may be counter-intuitive, people do confess to crimes they didn't commit when faced with psychologically manipulative and coercive interrogation tactics meant to send the message that the evidence is stacked against them and they will be convicted, so they need to confess to take responsibility and help mitigate the situation...

By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.

Blog postscript: Attorney Frank J. Spinner and I (attorney Richard V. Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively in the area of military law and military justice. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens and The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation. These military defense law offices are located in Southern Georgia (Robins AFB, Moody AFB, Macon, Warner Robins areas), Northern/Middle Florida (Pensacola, Ft Walton, Destin, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Panama City, Tyndall AFB areas) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (FT Carson, Peterson AFB, Air Force Academy, Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Buckley AFB areas), but our military defense law practices are worldwide – we travel to wherever our clients are stationed or serving and need us.

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