A man who confessed to a crime he didn't commit after allegedly being handcuffed to a wall for five days by Chicago police has won a new trial ***So a man falsely confesses to murdering a 12-year old boy after being cuffed and punched -- and I'm still supposed to believe that the Bush Administration is getting useful, truthful information from waterboarding?
Lopez sued police detectives in federal court last year after claiming he confessed to a 2000 murder because he suffered abuse by detectives. ***
Chicago Police officers arrested Lopez in 2000 for the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. They arrested him without a warrant based on one eyewitness identification.
Lopez claimed that while in custody he was handcuffed to a wall for five days, denied bathroom breaks, punched in the face and only given food once. He then confessed. But the details of his confession didn't match details of the crime. The real culprit was later caught and Lopez was set free.
Update 9/26/06 - Molly Ivins weighs in on American torture:
The safe position is, "Torture doesn't work."And if the prisoner being tortured really doesn't know anything -- only seven of the hundreds of prisoners at Gitmo have ever been charged with anything -- the lying begins almost immediately.
Well, actually, it works to this extent -- anybody can be tortured into telling anything that's true and anything that's not true. The more people are tortured, the more they make up to please the torturer. Then the torturer has to figure out when the vic started lying.