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Confessions to Crimes That Never Happened: The Corpus Delicti Rule

by: Jason Osbourn

June 10, 2016 at 2:39 PM EDT

Victoria Banks pleaded guilty to manslaughter after she confessed to killing her newborn baby. She, along with two others who also confessed to participating in the crime, were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The problem? Years before her confession, Victoria underwent sterilization and doctors say that it would have been impossible for Victoria to have been pregnant, let alone given birth.

The Corpus Delicti Rule is meant to guard against such convictions, ensuring that people are charged and...