Ex parte Matthews

In Ex parte Matthews, 601 So. 2d 52, 52-53 (Ala 1992) the Alabama Supreme Court held that the following comments to a suspect were coercive threats: "You know there's two ways to go about things, either you go about it and you don't cooperate and the judge knows that you didn't and the district attorney knows you didn't or you turn around and you did cooperate, you know. . . . I can go back and tell the district attorney, defendant cooperated with me or I can go back and tell the district attorney that defendant did not cooperate with me." Ex parte Matthews, involved even more egregious conduct. In that case, after the police made the statement cited by the majority ("I can go back and tell the district attorney defendant cooperated with me or I can go back and tell the district attorney that defendant did not cooperate with me."), the police went further and stated that "we might cut you a deal . . . . it could make a lot of difference for you." The police then concluded that the "judge" would know if the defendant failed to cooperate. Matthews, 601 So. 2d at 52-53.