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Louisiana man charged with drug trafficking from home confesses

Claims from research reported in The Jury Expert, an American Society of Trial Consultants publication, in November 2012:

-- Over 80 percent of people in police custody waive their right to remain silent and all other Miranda rights.

-- Approximately 65 percent confess to some part or all of a crime.

At last report, a 33-year-old Louisiana man remained in jail on $100,000 bond after being booked earlier this month on multiple drug charges. The Port Sulphur defendant is accused of marijuana possession and cocaine possession and distribution. Plaquemines Parish authorities claim the man made drug transactions in a home he shared with eight children.

Police acted on a tip that the defendant was conducting crack and powder cocaine sales in the southern end of the parish. Narcotics officers monitored the man's activities for six months before taking the defendant into custody. A raid on the home apparently uncovered a small but unspecific amount of marijuana, 40 grams of cocaine, over $4,300 in cash and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office said the defendant confessed to owning and dealing drugs and possession of the paraphernalia. Reports did not say what his relationship to the children was, if any. One of the charges the man faces is possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor – eight counts.

The Jury Expert article discusses criminal confessions, particularly false ones. It can be shocking to learn innocent defendants would ever jeopardize their rights or legal status by saying they committed a crime. It does happen and primary reasons for false confessions largely have to do with the pressure and techniques of police interrogations.

The biggest reason defendants make false confessions is to escape the interrogation process. Defendants don't have to talk to anyone. People in custody are strongly advised by criminal defense attorneys not to risk incrimination by talking to police.

Source: The Times-Picayune, "Port Sulphur man booked on drug distribution, 8 counts of possession in presence of children" Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, Aug. 08, 2014

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