how is this helping the world any by giving a false confession and living with that the rest of your life.
This is a philosophical question, and requires a philosophical answer, because I do not believe that law enforcement would agree with the statement that they "want" a false confession. I think it is more accurate to state that law enforcement does not always scrutinize the confession, to verify that it is accurate and truthful. Or that it was fairly obtained. The problem originates in the human psyche; anyone arrested and held will try to talk their way out of trouble, even police officers, when arrested, try to do this. Miranda v. Arizona recognized this tendency. Law enforcement has long known about this tendency. The problem is exacerbated when the courts, for example, rule that it was not in a particular case, error for law enforcement to mislead or even lie to a suspect during interrogation. The problem is when law enforcement takes this to mean that lying to suspects during interrogation is a good strategy to adopt. The problem just spirals out of control from there.
It is very rare that police want a false confession. However, the means they use for interrogation can bring about false confessions. They generally believe the person being questioned is guilty, so when they confess it just makes everything easier.
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It is unclear whether it is you or someone else who has given the "false" confession. There is some research on the phenomenon which may be helpful to the accused. Have the defendant's lawyer look into it.
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Police generally want the truth, unless the truth implicates one or more officers in wrongdoing (then all bets are off). Police often believe rather strongly that the person who is the subject of a police interrogation is guilty, therefore, when the police are able to get a confession out of the person they are interrogating, the police believe that they have done good and have gotten the truth. False confessions are not the norm, but they are not rare. If you have given a false confession, then you need to tell your attorney. If you did not give a false confession, but just don't like the fact that you opened your mouth and are now facing some serious consequences, then you are going to need to search your own soul about your situation and whether the things you ACTUALLY did are worth the consequences.
Please understand that I am not accusing you of anything. I do not know you or your case. I do, however, know the practice of criminal law and how many people react to getting caught breaking the law. If this does not apply to you, please ignore.
If you truly gave a false confession and your case is closed and your appeals have all run, then you are going to need to find a way to move past all of this. Tell others that you know that confessions are not always truthful, and keep this in mind when you find yourself believing the latest crime story on the local or national news.
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