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I decided on 101 reasons as I didn’t want to depress the entire legal profession by having 1,001.
Paul Brennan, Lawyer, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

# 27 The evidence that they rely on can be a little suspect

The Spectator reports that in 1958 a Disney wildlife film crew wanted to shot lemmings jumping off a cliff into the sea to their deaths. As they were in Alberta where there was no sea, no cliffs and no lemmings they needed to be inventive. Especially, as Lemmings do not commit suicide in this way. It is a myth.They imported a lemming, who was filmed being thrown into a river in a very cliff like fashion. The lemming duly drowned.

At one time in almost every criminal case, lawyers would present police evidence in which the criminal admitted the offence, which was very helpful in a guilty plea but not so helpful in the, I know unlikely, event that the defendant didn’t do it. We have now discovered that alleged criminals rarely admit the crime, it is a myth.

For the most part, juries have stopped believing police “verbals”.

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