The Connecticut Supreme Court has clarified the standard it uses to evaluate the voluntariness of confessions made in police custody, but that’s of little comfort to convicted murderer James Pinder.

Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr., writing for the majority in State v. Pinder, spells out the previously murky standard. But Norcott finds state police did not violate Pinder’s constitutional rights when they obtained inculpatory statements from him during a 1994 polygraph examination.

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