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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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But when the advocate realised that Imran had confessed, he decided to walk away from the case.
The in-service Indian navy officer was tried by a military court and sentenced to death after he confessed to be working against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), creating unrest in Balochistan and parts of Pakistan on orders of the Indian intelligence agency.
They also confessed that they were also involved in the vandalisation of some cables belonging to the moribund NITEL while they all agreed to the crime but pleaded for clemency,' said Ibrahim Yahaya.
The first victim Shore confessed to killing was Laurie Lee Tremblay, who was 14 when she was killed in 1986.
Lascanas had denied this, claiming he confessed to having acted as one of Mr.
The head of Pakistan Army's Inter- Services Public Relations Lt Gen Asim Bajwa and Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid held a press conference in Islamabad to release the video, saying Kulbhushan Jadhav confessed to working for RAW to foment trouble in Balochistan.
A JUDGE has revealed that a murderer confessed to him after he was cleared of one of Teesside's most notorious killings.
One alleged member, named Abdel Rahaman Batat, confessed to planting bombs near a court house in Gharbyia while another member confessed to having attended a meeting in Tanta, in which masked militants gave lectures about street fighting.
CINCINNATI -- A man in Iraqi custody has confessed to killing a U.
Cheaters who confessed just part of their wrongdoing were also judged more harshly by others than cheaters who didn't confess at all, according to five experiments involving 4,167 people from all over the United States.
He also confessed that he participated in kidnapping 3 soldiers in the same area.
There were all kinds of different perspectives and they found it hard to say in words what their hearts knew and confessed.