United States Supreme Court has held that "Coercive police activity is the necessary predicate to finding any statement involuntary and inadmissable" (Colorado v. Connelly, 107 S. Ct. 515, 522 ). If a person is informed of his or her right to remain silent and thereafter makes incriminating voluntary statements, these may be used as evidence. But incriminating statements that are extracted by coercion or intimidation are not admissible as evidence into court. A social worker operating at the instruction of the police officer cannot do what the police officer is prohibited from doing.
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Publication information: Book title: Social Work and the Courts: A Casebook. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Daniel Pollack - Author. Publisher: Brunner-Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 75.
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