5. Even if you are innocent and only tell the truth and do not tell the police anything incriminating, there is still a grave chance that your answers can be used to crucify you if the police do not recall your testimony with 100% accuracy. Police officers do not always write every word down, yet they are then called upon to remember what someone said in a police interview. Months or years later, they are called upon to testify at trial where they are forced to remember precisely what you said. Mistakes can easily be made, and these mistakes can cost you the outcome of the trial, even though you were honest from the beginning.
Example: Neither the FBI nor GBI records their interviews. Many accused people have been interrogated by sheriffs and police investigators who have had their statements misconstrued. A GBI agent spent a great deal of time discussing with someone about the terrible things that would happen to them in prison. He also said all the ways he would help him if our he came forward. Then, that same GBI agent had him provide a written confession that was used to send him to prison. Of course, the agent has not “recollection” of his offer to help the accused if he was honest.
6. Even if you are innocent and only tell the truth and do not tell the police anything incriminating and your statement is videotaped, your answers can be used to crucify you if the police do not recall the questions with 100% accuracy. If police officers do not remember 100% accurately the questions they asked, your answers could be made to look as untruthful, even if it was the truth. Police officers are human too and can make mistakes when testifying about the questions asked.
Example: This often happens when a suspect’s questioning was taken out of context. Many suspects have had their interviews videotaped. Yet, the prosecutor, just like the news media, will selectively play parts of their interview to take the answers out of context, making the accused appear to in a bad light. Also, incriminating parts of interviews are properly recorded, yet the parts that would be likely to prove your innocent are sometimes mysteriously misplaced. Then, only the damaging parts get played in court.
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