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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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The video showed a group young men confessing to being the masked men, who gathered in front ofa hotel located near the famous touristic site, and then threw fireworks, rubber bullets, birdshots, and Molotov cocktails atthe hotel and a tourist bus, thought to transporting Israeli tourists.
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Zhelyazkov was charged by prosecutors in 2008 while serving his first four-and-a-half-year sentence after confessing that he was a drug boss and pleaded guilty to all charges laid by the Bourgas prosecutors' office.
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