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McNabb-Mallory Rule

Definition - What does McNabb-Mallory Rule mean?

The McNabb-Mallory Rule is a law that states that confessions made by people who have been arrested will not be able to be used as evidence unless they are made before a judicial officer within a reasonable amount of time. This rule complies with the broader implications of the Miranda Rule.

Justipedia explains McNabb-Mallory Rule

Essentially, the McNabb-Mallory Rule is designed to prevent situations where law enforcement agencies may be tempted to simply hold an arrested person in a cell until they make a confession.

The McNabb-Mallory Rule is a type of protection for accused persons. The goal is to make confessions more accurate. This is because false confessions made simply to get out of a holding cell do not actually help the process of creating justice after a crime has been committed.

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