We apply the Case Law Memory Formula to 3 confession cases. Episode 538 (Duration 16:32)
1. People v. Sanchez, 2018 IL App (1st) 143899 (April). Episode 488 (Duration 18:22). Involuntary confession and improper closing arguments lead to a murder conviction that is now reversed outright. Kid kept asking for his mother. Court clearly thinks he didn’t do it.
Sanchez = Sand-Cheese
April = April Fool (Joker Hat)
2018 = “f” sound = Phone
Picture defendant being interrogated while wearing a court gesture or joker hat. The take sand paper and hold it with a block of cheese. They scrub defendant’s face with it. When they are done they let him use the cheese (which is also a phone) to call his mom.
2. People v. Phillips, 2018 IL App (3d) 130270 (February). Episode 479 (Duration 13:35). 18-year-old’s confession ruled involuntary, in part, because defendant is told baby killers get killed in prison.
Phillips = Fill-Up
February = Valentine’s Day = Big Hart
2018 = “f sound = fish
Imagine defendant being stripped down to his underwear, but they give a t-shirt to put on. The shirt has a big red hart on it and it says, “I love my mommy.” They then put a tube in his mouth and fill him up with sardines. The sardines are basically baby fishes. They are yelling at him and calling him a baby killer. When he’s had enough he confesses.
3. People v. Edwards, 2017 IL App (3d) 130190-B (January). Episode 300 (Duration 5:42). This 17 year old’s confession was voluntary even though he had a fifth grade reading level, suffered from various mental disorders, and that the investigating officers did not allow him to speak to his mother. Really bad violent crime. He executed a witness by putting a pillow over his face and shooting. A second victim survived.
Edward = Da-Word
January = New Years Party = Party
2017 = 017 = “s” sound, “t” sound, and “k” sound = steak
Picture Chris Partlow in the interrogation room. He is the stone cold killer from the wire. He speaks in one word intervals. When he says something he’s saying Da-Word. When he says “steak” the police instantly run out to get him a rare steak to eat. When he says “party” the police bust out there New Year’s celebration material and throw an instant party. When defendant says “mom” the party comes to an abrupt halt and they tell him they can’t help him with that. They then get a non coerced confession out of him.