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Confession Not Voluntary

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Feb 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

Trial court erred in denying defendant's motion to suppress his confession. Defendant's confession was involuntary where interrogating officers made constant vague offers to help defendant yet failed to explain or clarify the limits of their authority. Viewing totality of officers' statements that led to confession, court concludes that defendant's confession was the product of the officers giving defendant an unrealistic hope of leniency and delusions as to his true position. Conviction Reversed, erroneous admission of confession was not harmless. New trial ordered.

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John P. Rutkowski

Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-five years. Prior to going to law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a deputy sheriff before retiring to attend law school. Upon graduating law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a prosecutor in Florida before going in to private practice and representing clients in three states.


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