This article examines the recent elimination of the material witness rule, which governed the admissibility of confessions in criminal cases. The article first traces the evolution and Fifth Amendment background of the rule. Next, the article discusses the rash action taken by the Illinois Supreme Court when it rejected the rule. Finally, the article concludes by showing that the rule was a necessary Fifth Amendment protection and has been reasonably applied.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Williams, Stephanie Rae
"The Untimely Demise of the Involuntary Confession Material Witness Rule in Illinois,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 14:
1, Article 6.
Stephanie Rae Williams, The Untimely Demise of the Involuntary Confession Material Witness Rule in Illinois, 14 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 105 (1993).