A Win For the Rule of Law

Abby Zimet

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has rejected prolonged, secret questioning of crime suspects, ruling that confessions can only be used if obtained within six hours of arrest. Justice David Souter, backed by the court's more liberal justices, tossed out robbery suspect Johnnie Corley's confession because he was held by the FBI for two days beforehand.

Without such a rule, "Federal agents would be free to question suspects
for extended periods before bringing them out in the open, and we have
always known what custodial secrecy leads to," Souter wrote.


FRIENDS: Help Us Fight

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: