Interviews and Interrogations: The
Essence of the Art of Investigations, Part II|
This is the conclusion of an article written and published
in June, 2010. Our purpose was,
and still is, to inform our readers that there is much more to conducting
successful interviews than simply asking questions. Too often, interviews and interrogations are conducted by
untrained and inexperienced individuals who ultimately fail in their attempt to
obtain the information necessary to conclude an investigation. More important, improperly conducted
interviews and interrogations result in perpetrators avoiding accountability
for misdeeds and wrongs and being free to strike again Worst of all
the perpetrator's ego is inflated as he feels he has outwitted his accusers.
In the previous piece we stated that the
probability of conducting a successful interview, i.e. obtaining an admission,
is greatly increased by having
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Mounting a Vigorous Defense|
United States laws are enacted by Congress and enforced by
various law enforcement organizations.
Those who enforce our laws do so to protect people from those who would
prey on other members of our society. However, just because someone is indicted or arrested it does not mean
that person is guilty of the offense.
Our legal system guarantees the rights of those accused of
criminal wrongdoing and prevents an innocent person from being prosecuted. The
assumption is to be made that one is innocent until proven guilty. The
government must prove that the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt. Our system is a much more
demanding burden than most other governments have place on themselves.
Mr. William Blackstone is credited with saying
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