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Exoneree Ted Bradford Speaks about False Confessions

Exoneree Ted Bradford from Washington State  spoke about his experience on false confessions last Friday at the Annual Conference for Washington Defender Association.

On September 29, 1995, a woman was raped in her home in Yakima, Washington.  Six months later, on April 1, 1996, Bradford was arrested on an unrelated charge.

The detectives interrogated Bradford for over eight hours and obtained his confession to the crime. Only the last 38 minutes of the interrogation was recorded, after Bradford had finally confessed to the crime he did not commit.

I don’t know why I confessed”, Bradford said, “I just wanted to be out of that situation. I wish I could take my confession back, but I can’t. Continue reading