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Keith Longtin was accused and jailed for the murder of his wife before DNA evidence proved him innocent. (Dudley M. Brooks - The Washington Post)
Farrell's Editorial
 How Homicide Is Handled in Prince George's (The Washington Post, 6/23/01)
Officials Say....
Johnson Jack B. Johnson,
State's Attorney:

"Ninety-nine percent of the officers are good officers. But any violation of rights is huge. We put people in jail because of their statements."

McQuillan Lt. Michael McQuillan,
Homicide Unit Commander:

"We are ethical. We are thorough. We are truthful. I stand behind every one of these investigations."

Farrell John S. Farrell
Police Chief :

"I look for accountability. Does that mean mistakes are never made? No."

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Live Online
 Prince George's County public defender Joseph Niland discussed The Post series. Read the transcript.
 Prince George's County State's Attorney Jack B. Johnson discussed the series.Read the transcript.
 George Washington University Law Professor Paul Butler took questions on the legal implications of false confessions. Read the transcript.
Special Reports
 A Blue Wall of Silence: Pr. George's police have shot and killed people at rates that exceed those of nearly any other large force in the nation.
 False Confessions: Documents and interviews reveal that Pr. George's homicide detectives extracted false confessions from four men.
False Confessions -- Day 1
Talked Into Confessing 
Documents and interviews reveal that homicide detectives extracted false confessions from four men. Keith Longtin said police concocted a confession to charge him with a murder he did not commit.

False Confessions -- Day 2
No Rest for Suspects
Detectives' marathon interrogations far exceed the norms. Corey Beale gave five statements over three days, the last of them a false confession he hoped would free him from the interrogation room.

False Confessions -- Day 3
Police Suspend Rules
Suspects and lawyers say detectives violate rights by refusing access to counsel during interrogation. Dennis Green said he confessed after being told, "You are not getting a phone call until I hear what I want to hear."

False Confessions -- Day 4
Tactics Taint Rulings
Have innocent people been jailed while killers remain free? Why haven't judges thrown out forced confessions? Billy Hall's killer left a trail of blood, but detectives overlooked it and pressured a janitor to confess.

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