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Derek Tice maintains that, although he admitted to the 1997 rape and murder of Michelle Moore-Bosko, he is innocent of the crime and his confession was coerced. And now a federal court has agreed that Tice's confession was legally problematic.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in a unanimous decision, upheld an earlier ruling that overturned Tice's conviction. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the panel found "that Tice's lawyers, while generally very good, failed to request to have a key piece of evidence -- Tice's confession -- thrown out of court." The ruling was in response to the Virginia attorney general's appeal of the September 2009 decision.
Tice describes his interrogation in the above excerpt from the film: His request for a lawyer was ignored and after 11 hours of questioning, he says he "broke and gave [the interrogator] what he wanted to hear." Tice was convicted in 2000.