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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)

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Giovanni Arcinue, Sabado, 'without being asked,' confessed that he took part in Egan's killing.
The under-arrest individual has confessed to raping, killing and then throwing Kabeer's dead body in Dasht area.
Pearson, the defendant in this case, was served with the confessed judgment and moved to vacate it.
The convict confessed his offences before the Judicial Magistrate as well as during his statement at the trial.
They also confessed they were behind the killing of a business man in Chepnyogaa trading centre in Kabianga a year ago.
The convict confessed to his offence before a judicial magistrate and the trial court and was awarded the death sentence.
He was said to have confessed travelling from Edo state to Akure said he had been in the kidnapping business for some time and pretending to be a madman.
'They also confessed to looting trucks loaded with betel nuts and rice as well as passenger coaches coming from Balochistan.'
The first word is "I." Faith is personal, even when confessed with whole body of Christ as one.
KARACHI -- A gangster on Tuesday confessed to killing dozens of people on the basis of their ethnicity in Karachi's Lyari area.
A woman who drowned her two children in a dam and later confessed to killing them has been found guilty of murder by the High Court in Nanyuki.
In addition, one of the suspects confessed to belonging to a terrorist group called "the guardians of belief and Jihad" and affiliated to terrorist al-Qaeda group, according to the statement.