News

NY Court: Some police lies to suspects are unfair

Photo: WHCU

New York’s highest court says police can go too far lying to suspects, making confessions inadmissible as evidence when the lies told during interrogations become “patently coercive.”

The Court of Appeals, ruling unanimously, has thrown out the murder conviction of 31-year-old Adrian Thomas and ordered a new trial without his purported confession.

The Troy man’s infant son died with a head injury and infection in 2008.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman writes that investigators improperly told Thomas they’d pick up his wife if he didn’t confess to injuring his son and that his already brain dead child would die if he didn’t explain how the child hit his head.

They also told him 67 times it was an accident, 14 times that he wouldn’t be arrested and eight times that he’d be going home.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Public safety investigates report of arson on Ithaca College campus

ithaca college3

Incident occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday inside residence hall

in Local

Cuomo: Hospital visits increasing due to synthetic marijuana use

health

Governor says most hospital visits have come in New York City

in Local

State lawmakers, business execs to join Cuomo on Cuba trip

cuomo

Assembly, Senate leaders to join Cuomo, execs from companies like Chobani, MasterCard

in Local

New York’s “empty chair” campaign focuses on teen drivers

STATE POLICE

Campaign focuses on dangers of cellphone use while driving, always wearing seat belt

in Local

One arrested following stabbing in downtown Ithaca

Crime 3

The incident was reported around 1:30 Friday near the intersection of West Buffalo and North Cayuga Streets.