Honesty Without Truth: Lies, Accuracy, and the Criminal Justice Process
Lisa Kern Griffin, Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law.
Focusing on “lying” is a natural response to uncertainty but too narrow of a concern. Honesty and truth are not the same thing and conflating them can actually inhibit accuracy. In several settings across investigations and trials, the criminal justice system elevates compliant statements, misguided beliefs, and confident opinions while excluding more complex evidence. Error…