Use of lies and deception during interrogations

The Reid Interview folks offer some thoughts on using deception during interrogations. The article cites case law such as Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731 (1969) (which holds the use of deception must be considered within the totality of circumstances when deciding the admissibility of a confession) and Cayward v. Fl., 552 So 2nd 971 (1989) (which compares and contrasts manufacturing evidence and false verbal assertions).

Some recent research of how innocent people may confess to crimes they did not commit makes this an area worth close monitoring, and points to the problems of allowing deceptive practices to be used in an interview of a witness or suspect.