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Damon Thibodeaux: A Case of False Confession

Location: Louisiana
Last Update: October 1, 2012

What's at Stake

Damon A. Thibodeaux was exonerated in 2012 after 15 years on death row in Louisiana. DNA and other evidence proved he did not commit the crime of raping and murdering his young cousin to which he originally confessed. His confession came at the end of nine hours of police interrogation; he was exhausted when it began and beyond confused by the time he issued a confession riddled with mistakes of fact, and containing only information he had received from the police or conjecture.

Damon Thibodeaux: A Case of False Confession

While many people believe they could not be made to confess to a crime they didn’t commit, false confessions are one of the leading causes of wrongful conviction.

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