Friday, May 08, 2009

People v. Mays (Cal. Ct. App. - May 8, 2009)

What can we learn from today's opinions, heading into a warm and wonderful weekend?

Here's something: Never believe the police.

Yes, we know, as a matter of doctrine, the police are allowed to lie. To suspects, to witnesses, to anyone. It doesn't make statements involuntary.

At some point, though, this has to take a toll on law enforcement's credibility, right? Unless, of course, you're of the belief that the police only lie to "other" people -- never to someone you care about.