Kansas criminal defense attorney, I have reviewed lengthy interrogations, that coerced people into saying
things that weren't accurate. In fact, I have represented people who
I believed were innocent, but were portrayed poorly by the unfair interviews
by the police. Sadly, this is not an uncommon practice by law enforcement.
In fact, just recently, a trial was held, where the Defendant, Adrian Thomas,
was found not guilty. The jury did not hear the illegally obtained and
coerced statement due to the Court of Appeals throwing it out. Unfortunately,
the Defendant had already spent years in custody, because in the first
trial, the court allowed the prejudicial statements, which the jury apparently
bought. Alas, people ignorantly think that coerced statements aren't
a reality, until it happens to them.
About 6 years ago, Adrian made an incriminating statement after a ruthless
nine hour interrogation conducted by law enforcement. Nearly six years
later, the defense showed at trial, that Adrian's son died from a
bacterial infection, and not from child abuse, as the prosecution alleged.
The District Attorney had proceeded forward against Adrian because there
was an incriminating statement as well the fact that the local hospital
had deemed child abuse was involved. This incorrect diagnosis regarding
child abuse and
shaken baby is not uncommon either in false charges. As a criminal defense lawyer,
I have represented someone who I knew was innocent, yet a local doctor
inaccurately said that child abused injured the child.
As a society, we want justice. We want the right thing to happen. We want
solid police work and investigation. However, it must be done fairly and
accurately. Obtaining a conviction or even pursuing a charge is sometimes
the wrong thing to do, even if you have the means to do it.