Glenn Greenwald points us to an excellent little snippet from a seminal Supreme Court case dealing with the admissibility of coerced confessions:

‘Coercing the supposed state’s criminals into confessions and using such confessions so coerced from them against them in trials has been the curse of all countries. It was the chief iniquity, the crowning infamy of the Star Chamber, and the Inquisition, and other similar institutions. The Constitution recognized the evils that lay behind these practices and prohibited them in this country. . . . The duty of maintaining constitutional rights of a person on trial for his life rises above mere rules of procedure, and wherever the court is clearly satisfied that such violations exist, it will refuse to sanction such violations and will apply the corrective.’ — Fisher v. State, 145 Miss. 116, 134, 110 So. 361, 365

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