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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Leyra v. Dennis
Citation:546 U.S. 459 (2006)
When the father failed to appear at his place of business on Tuesday, January 10, 1950, petitioner went to the father’s apartment about 3 P.M. and found the bodies of the aged parents. Police were called. Suspecting that the petitioner killed his parents, he was brought to the police station for interrogation. A concealed microphone had been installed. Up to this time he had not confessed to the crime. The petitioner had been suffering from an acutely painful attack of sinus and Captain Meenahan had promised to get a physician to help him. Dr. Helfrand, called upon by the captain,was not a general practitioner, but a psychiatrist with considerable knowledge of hypnosis. For an hour and a half the techniques of a highly trained psychiatrist were used to break petitioner’s will in order to get him to say he had murdered his parents. A tape recording of the psychiatric examination was made and a transcription of the tape was read into the record of this case.
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