Note to potential plaintiffs: don't go on the Dr. Phil show first. The opinion quotes from Edmonds' TV appearance:
A. I was coerced by my sister.I am mildly surprised Jim Waide took the case on those facts.
Q. By your sister, but not by the police.
A. Uh, no, not by the police.
The court's holding that "[i]mproper police tactics did not implant that desire [to confess]: In all likelihood, Fulgham’s manipulation did" is a bit odd to me, given that (1) the police dragged the boy's mother away and then put him in a room with the murderer where she could and did (as the police hoped) manipulate him, and (2) that sure sounds like a jury question to my untutored brain. But, we are told, the question of coercion is ascertained "by examining the totality of the circumstances." Oh all right then.