Hull Street Law

A division of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. – personal injury and criminal defense

November, 2012

Extrajudicial Confession Alone is Not Enough to Convict

The Virginia Supreme Court summarized the law in this area in Watson v. Commonwealth: It is true that, as a general principle of law, an accused cannot be convicted solely on his uncorroborated extrajudicial admission or confession. The corpus delicti must be corroborated. Cleek v. Commonwealth, 165 Va. 697, 698, 181 S.E. 359, 360 (1935). […]

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