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.