A flaw in Thailand’s justice

A flaw in Thailand's justice - Belleville News Democrat, September, 2008
...What is wrong with this? The "perpetrator" has confessed, right? I asked Visut if it had ever happened that a suspect who had confessed to a crime turned out to be innocent.
"Not in Thailand," he insisted with clench-jawed certainty. "They know the punishment is very serious."
In other countries, however, confessions are notoriously unreliable. An organization called the Innocence Project in the United States uses DNA evidence to find innocent people who have been convicted of crimes. And after 16 years of research, the project has come up with a startling conclusion: DNA evidence shows that 25 percent of the people who confess or plead guilty to a crime are irrefutably innocent...

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