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Brewer's: Confession

John of Nepomuc, canon of Prague, suffered death rather than violate the seal of confession. The Emperor Wenceslas ordered him to be thrown off a bridge into the Moldau, because he refused …

Brewer's: Augsburg Confession

The chief standard of faith in the Lutheran church. So called because, while the Diet of the German Empire was sitting at Augsburg, in 1530, the confession of faith drawn up by Melancthon a…

The Supreme Court: Confessing Illegally

Confessing IllegallyThe Supreme CourtArresting RulesLimiting Forced MedicationConfessing Illegally Tossing out a confession at trial can frequently result in the loss of a conviction, so poli…

Who was Miranda?

The Question: Who was Miranda, and where did her rights come from? The Answer: Miranda's full name was Ernesto Miranda. He was arrested in 1963 …

St. Augustine of Hippo

Name at birth: Aurelius AugustinusAugustine was born in a Roman province in 354 and educated at Carthage. As a young man he became interested in philosophy, with little interest in Christianity until …

Ted Bundy

Name at birth: Theodore Robert CowellTed Bundy was a clean-cut, smooth-talking serial killer who confessed to raping and killing more than 20 young women between 1974 and 1978. Executed in Florida in …

Ryan Harris,

11, Chicago youth, was found dead in the yard of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in July. Police charged two young boys, ages 7 and 8, with killing Harris after they confessed that th…