The boys finally admitted that they’d been at the scene of the crime; their confession came unwillingly under the duress of many hours of police interrogation. They claimed they’d been part of the robbery, but had been forced into it under duress, since they’d been threatened by the actual robbers. The judge believed that they were good kids who wouldn’t do wrong unless they were the victims of extreme threat or duress.
Quiz: What does it mean to do something under duress?
- To be pressured into it by violence or threat.
- To do something under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- To do something under the command of an authority figure.