Vanderbilt Law Review


James G. Thomas

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This Note maintains that trickery can be effectively curtailed despite the failure of Miranda to do so. This Note argues that trickery in the interrogation room is a violation of fourteenth amendment substantive due process. The Supreme Court has recently stated, in very unambiguous terms, that due process requirements exist independently of the fifth amendment Miranda requirements in the interrogation context." This Note therefore proposes an objective due process standard that would prohibit trickery. The violation of this due process standard would require the exclusion at trial of confessions induced by trickery. Because the exclusionary rule is not a sufficient sanction against willful police misconduct, however, this Note also argues that a tort remedy should be available to innocent persons victimized by a police trickery.