Two El Paso County sheriff's deputies will be disciplined after what a judge called "stunningly sloppy police work" in the case of a slain 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a Monument crawl space.
An internal-affairs investigation faulted Deputy Ralph Losasso and Sgt. Robert Jaworski for their roles in a probe that culminated with the 2010 arrest of Hanif Sims, who is due to be sentenced Tuesday.
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This story underscores the importance of a complete investigation and not relying only on confessions. In February I wrote an article for PursuitMag.com about false confessions: False Confession and Accusations 02/24/2012 (Karen's third published article and second for www.PursuitMag.com!)
To most of us, false confessions and accusations seem completely unfathomable. The first couple of questions that come to mind are, “Why would anyone admit to a crime that he/she did not commit?” and “Why would anyone knowingly accuse a person of a crime he/she did not commit?”