By Tamar Birckhead

“Five years ago I sat in a courtroom in Hillsborough, watching a hearing on the defense’s motion to suppress a juvenile’s confession. J.D.B., the 13-year-old boy charged with breaking into neighbors’ homes and taking things, was a special education student. He had been questioned alone in a conference room at his middle school by a uniformed police officer, a police investigator, and the assistant principal.”

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