We all think that if we don’t break the law and behave ourselves in the important ways, we could never be accused of a serious crime. Guess again: it can happen to anyone, and the less you know about how the system works, the more danger there is for you. Here are five ways to avoid being sucked down the drain of injustice when you’ve done nothing at all.
- Don’t talk to the police without a lawyer.
Failed Evidence is full of stories in which poor saps who thought they had nothing to hide came out of a police interrogation after “just helping the police” with murder charges around their necks.
- Don’t believe what the police tell you about the evidence in the case.
The police are allowed to lie right to you in order to get you to confess, even making up evidence. Here’s the Supreme Court case that allows them to do that, which I discuss in Failed Evidence.
- Police don’t question you because they want to know what happened.
They already think they know, and they are interested in having you confirm it for them, not learning anything new.
- Standing in a simultaneous lineup is dangerous.
Simultaneous lineups increase the chances of errors; sequential lineups improve things.
- Forensic testing produces flawed results.
With the exception of DNA testing and chemical analysis, most forensic testing isn’t even science.