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confess

v. in criminal law, to voluntarily state that one is guilty of a criminal offense. This admission may be made to a law enforcement officer or in court either prior to or upon arrest, or after the person is charged with a specific crime. A confession must be truly voluntary (not forced by threat, torture, or trickery) and cannot be admitted in trial unless the defendant has been given the so-called Miranda warnings at the time of arrest or when it is clear he/she is the prime suspect, all based on the 5th Amendment prohibition against self-incrimination. The Miranda warnings are: the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present and that one can be appointed, and that his/her statements may be used against the defendant in court. (See: confession, Miranda warning, self-incrimination, Bill of Rights)

confess

verb acknowledge, acknowledge one's guilt, admit, admit guilt, bare, come forth, concede, declare, disburden one's conscience, disclose, divulge, expose, fateri, give evidence, inculpate, lay open, make a confession, make solemn affirmation, own up, purge oneself, reveal, tell all, turn state's evidence, utter, yield
Associated concepts: confess guilt, confess judgment, conness participation
Foreign phrases: Qui tacet non utique fatetur, sed tamen verum est eum non negare.He who is silent does not conness, but it is nevertheless true that he does not deny.
See also: acknowledge, admit, attest, avow, bare, betray, certify, concede, disclose, inform, recognize, reveal, verify
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After a break that has refueled and fired us up, Dashboard Confessional is more ready than ever to connect with our treasured fan base," says Chris Carrabba.
Catholic groups and a national organization that tracks church sex abuse cases said Thursday they weren't aware of any other cases in which a priest has been compelled to discuss what's said during a confessional.
And there is no better justification for asserting such a sense of urgency than the Al-Qaeda brand of terrorism, being confessional in nature, and having been raised by the Syrian regime since the start of the peaceful protest movement as a justification for the ongoing implementation of a military solution.
We would like to reassure them that such fear (of shaking confessionalism) is not in its right place, because the confessional system in Lebanon collapsed long time ago," said Husseini.
He added that a confessional conflict would also lead to weakening the state and encourage attacks on the Army.
This should be run at a decent clip thanks to front-runners such as Timeless Call and Jwala, and such a scenario should set the race up nicely for Confessional as he seems to be at his best off a strong pace.
The bishops went with the Union, but many clergy and leading laity refused, causing a deep confessional rift among the Ruthenians.
Mrs Walmsley, who said she was abused by a priest in the confessional box while at Nazareth house in Derry as an eight-year-old, believes the Catholic Church has failed victims.
Yet what distinguishes the Confessional poets from other personal poetry is their rejection of the standards for appropriate content that saturated Academia during the middle of the twentieth century.
Though Asimanand's amicus curiae, Manbir Rathi, is now claiming that the swami gave his confessional statement under duress, the court had taken all precautions to ensure that the CBI was not influencing the swami's confession.
Q A TV show or film called Confessional was made in the 1980s.
Summary: Alexandra Burke has revealed that her new material has a more confessional edge, much like Amy Winehouse's infamous Back to Black album.