9th Circuit rules teen's confession in slayings was invalid

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9th Circuit rules teen's confession in slayings was invalid

Postby Mr. G » Tue May 10, 2011 12:02 pm

9th Circuit rules, for third time, that Thai teen's confession in slayings was invalid

The Supreme Court had asked the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review its previous decisions in the case of a Thai teenager who confessed to killing nine worshipers at a Buddhist temple near Phoenix in 1991

For the third time, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a Thai teenager's confession to the 1991 slayings of nine worshipers at a Buddhist temple near Phoenix was coerced and invalid.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held its ground in overturning the conviction of then-17-year-old Johnathan Doody despite a directive from the U.S. Supreme Court to reevaluate its decisions last year and in 2008.

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