Why People with FASD Fall for Manipulative Ploys: Ethical Limits of Interrogators’ Use of Lies

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 63)


People with FASD are easily manipulated by others, and such social vulnerability is a major reason why they are so likely to get into serious legal and other forms of difficulty. Police interrogations are also manipulative, in that a detective is attempting to use various ploys—including deceptive statements–to persuade someone to do something he is initially reluctant to do, namely admit to having committed a criminal act. In this paper, the authors use an audiotape of an actual interrogation of a young man with FASD who initially strongly denied guilt, to better understand the way interrogative manipulations (including lies) were used to break his will and get him to confess to a crime which he may or may not have committed.


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  1. 1.University of ConnecticutMansfieldUSA

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