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Similar felonies by another man might be the key to freeing a man

Despite the safeguards put into place by the criminal justice system here in the United States, innocent people sometimes end up being convicted of crimes they did not commit. A man who has spent the majority of his life in a Louisiana correctional institution claims that he was wrongfully convicted. He says that another man who was committing similar felonies at the same time actually committed the crime.

4 hallmarks of a coerced confession

According to the Cornell University Law School, confessions that are wrongly elicited by police are a leading cause of false convictions. People who are charged with a crime or believed to have information regarding one are typically interrogated as a part of the investigation. Though it is routine for law enforcement officials to coax subjects to reveal details, when coaxing becomes coercion, there are bigger problems to think of. The following four criteria could be indications that a confession has been given under coercive circumstances.

Alcohol-related auto accidents affect more than those involved

Before getting behind the wheel, drunk drivers fail to consider that their condition affects not only them and any vehicles they encounter, but other people as well. Alcohol-related auto accidents here in Louisiana and elsewhere do not occur in a vacuum in which only the drunk driver's vehicle and one other might be involved. Good Samaritans and other vehicles not involved in the initial impact are also at risk.

Tailgating caused over 25,000 auto accidents in Louisiana in 2015

Motorists on Louisiana roadways ought to remember this number when they follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. Even though the law does not specify how close a vehicle must be in order for the driver to be considered tailgating, the Louisiana State Police recommend leaving approximately 400 feet -- or a three second distance -- between vehicles unless in a residential or business district. Telling people how much room to leave and getting them to adhere to it is the hard part and often results in auto accidents.

Louisiana woman's shoes cause her to face drug charges

People say that possession is nine-tenths of the law, but does that extend the soles of your shoes? An agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries initiated a traffic stop based on what was reported as erratic movements of a vehicle. The woman driving was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, but by the time she was booked into the local jail, she was facing drug charges as well.

Fatal auto accidents cast a dark shadow over the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, eating good food and joy. For some Louisiana families, a dark shadow is cast over the holidays by fatal auto accidents. For at least several years, that holiday will be associated with tragedy.

Too many auto accidents occur on Louisiana's highways

Traveling at high speeds makes it difficult for some drivers to react quickly to the traffic patterns, which are constantly changing on Louisiana's highways. When excess speed, impairment and distractions are added into the mix, it creates the perfect storm for many auto accidents. Crash statistics filtered by these factors involve real people who suffer serious injuries or die due to the negligence of another driver.

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