interlocking confession

noun

: a confession of a defendant in a joint trial that agrees in important respects with that of a codefendant

Note: The use of interlocking confessions at trial can pose difficult problems when a defendant's confession incriminates a codefendant. If the first defendant does not testify, the other may be deprived of the right to confront an accuser.

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“Interlocking confession.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/interlocking%20confession. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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