Our entire justice system depends on folks telling the truth, but the truth can be hard to find–especially when there’s no evidence to back up the accusations.
How can we tell when someone is lying?
Without getting too psychological here, I must point out that certain characters breed a bid more suspicion than others. Some people don’t trust lawyers. I get that. For others, they don’t trust car salesmen. Again, I get that.
Our criminal justice system breeds certain high-level liars, full of serious incentives to not tell the truth.
It all starts when someone gets arrested on a serious drug offense and faces decades in prison.
And then, a ray of hope. There is a way out of this prison time.
The conversation goes something like this: Prosecutor/Drug Agent: “Hey, if you set some people up, we’ll drop your prison time.” Ok. That’s a pretty huge incentive to lie.
After 26 years of defending criminal cases, I can tell you that the urge to avoid prison will drive folks to do some pretty bad things–worse things than what they’re accused of–all sanctioned by the State. Oh, the irony.
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