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Court finds Lawrence police coerced teen's statements


April 19, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors are trying to decide how to proceed after an appellate agreed that self-incriminating statements made by a teen in a Lawrence rape investigation should be tossed, finding that the interrogation was "almost like a therapy session."

The Kansas Court of Appeals agreed this month with a Douglas County judge who found that the high school student's 2017 statements to police were not made "of a free and independent will" and couldn't be used against him, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

The appellate court noted that the teen was encouraged to let out everyt...

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