I’ve been writing case law articles about interrogation law for Reid & Associates, a company that specializes in interrogation strategy, for several years. I used to be a detective – 6 years out of my 15 year former police career. Interrogation was my strong suit. Getting confession for major crimes is a tremendous challenge. I’ve written about my theories and case law in my law enforcement textbooks as well. I took a few months sabbatical but I’m. I’ve written 4 case law articles for www.reid.com in 2012. Here’s an excerpt from the April article:
The effect of confessions at gunpoint: The chain of events affecting admissibility
R. v. Hatch (2012) ONCS
By Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc.
The world of frontline policing sometimes will not always guarantee peaceful conditions to question a suspect. During life-and-death emergencies, the police will need to get information at lightning speed to save lives. In those cases, the information obtained in the blink of an eye is the difference between living and dying.
In this case, the accused made a total of 7 statements to the police during a lengthy complex investigation starting with one statement made at police gun-point, upon police arrival at an emergency call that turned out to be a homicide investigation. The first statement was ruled involuntary because a gun was pointed at the suspect while he answered. How does a gun-induced initial statement affect the rest of the statements?
The rest of the article is at www.reid.com Any comments or questions are invited.