In Re K.A.: The “Quantum of Independent Evidence” Needed to Corroborate a Confession

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  The corpus delicti rule has always been one of my favorite legal doctrines. It is not just that the rule is in Latin, although that never hurts. It is not that the rule dates back centuries, although… Read More

Quarles v. Commonwealth: Coerced Confessions in Virginia

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In Quarles v. Commonwealth, a recently issued opinion by the Virginia Court of Appeals, the court considered a set of facts similar to the U.S. Supreme Court case of Rhode Island v. Innis.  However, finding a number of… Read More