Monday, February 23, 2015

Eric Morgan: Ontario; False confessions; Toronto Star cites new research in an exposee that claims aggressive questioning pursuant to the Reid Technique led to a wrongful accusation in Peel, Ontario - and a $25 million lawsuit. (Must Read. HL);

STORY: "Aggressive police questioning may boost false accusations, study finds," by reporter Wendy Gillis, published by the Toronto Star on February 15, 2015.

SUB-HEADING: : "Research inspired by a wrongfully accused Peel man finds coercive tactics with witnesses may result in them telling interrogators "what they think you may want to hear."

PHOTO CAPTION:  "Eric Morgan has filed a complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, and is suing Peel police and the officers involved in his case for $25 million.
The entire story can be found at:

See also: Joseph Buckley, President of Reid and Associates, defends "The Reid Technique" in a letter sent to The Charles Smith Blog in response to another post; It is often stated that the Reid Technique "shows no interest in learning the truth, but the goal is to seek a confession." We clearly state the exact opposite in our book Criminal Interrogation and Confessions (5th edition 2013) on page 5: "The purpose of an interrogation is to learn the truth. A common misperception exists in believing that the purpose of an interrogation  is to elicit a confession.... If the suspect can be eliminated [from suspicion] based on his or her behavior or explanations offered during the interrogation, the interrogation must be considered successful because the truth was learned."


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