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Truth, Lies and Confessions

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The interrogation-room confessions that led to the convictions of Russell Williams and Terri-Lynne McClintic for their horrific and high profile crimes earned high praise for the Ontario Provincial Police, and especially for interrogator Staff Sgt. Jim Smyth. But outside the glare of the media spotlight, concerns are being raised about the aggressive methods employed by Canadian police forces, and whether the interrogation techniques they use are eliciting confessions from the innocent, as well as the guilty. Two Canadians who confessed to crimes they did not commit speak out in this exclusive report by Joe Schlesinger of CBC News.

Update: On June 27, 2012, Brenda Waudby's child abuse conviction was overturned on appeal. An acquittal was entered, and the Crown apologized for what they acknowledged was a miscarriage of justice. Waudby accepted the apology.

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Phil Campbell
A Defence Lawyer's Advice
"I do not wish to give a statement or answer questions. Repeat." Want to know what to do when the police want to talk to you? Eminent defence lawyer Phil Campbell provides indispensable advice about your legal rights and best strategies during an interrogation, whether you're innocent or guilty.

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Bonnie Brown
Defending Cory Armishaw
As any lawyer knows, a confession, even a false one, is normally the kiss of death for an accused in court. But Craig Parry is no ordinary defence lawyer. Truth, Lies and Confessions producer Bonnie Brown tells the inspiring story of how he saved an innocent man from a life in prison.

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