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October 25th, 2009
08:11 PM ET

Can Balloon Mom's Confession be Used against Her Husband?

A Colorado legal document reveals the mother in the so-called "balloon boy" incident confessed that she and her husband planned the hoax.

Can a wife's confession be used against a husband?

It's a point of law our legal analysts, Avery Friedman and Richard Herman, enthusiastically debate.


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  1. Don

    Oh hell NO, As much as I dislike this whole situation, A Wife Cannot be forced to Testify against her husband, That is the Law. Find another way to punish, We have bent and twisted too many laws already in this Country, The lines in the sand are there for a reason.

    October 25, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  2. dennis linville

    First , She confessed to what was already apperent to all of us anyway.another poster commented on twisted laws and i do agree with the comment but not in the same way im sure. The laws have been so twisted and destorted in an effort to protect the criminal and this one will probably end up the same way.Fact is they endangered many lives, wasted tax dollars and tugged at the emotions of all watching hopeing for a good outcome for this child all to be famous. they have achieved it so let them produce a movie of the week from prison and the proceeds to go to refund the money their scam cost the tax payers.
    second,They wasted 21/2 hours of concerned americans time but the news media has wasted over a week now on this scam while we have many more important issues that need far more attention.

    October 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  3. Charles Kopack

    No, it would be against the law.

    Howver, at the least, there should be resistution for the cost involved in this hoax; endangering the welfare of children (for both parents). Because of this endangerment they should both loose custody. A case could be made as to why the husband did not stop her (if indeed you can't prosecute him).

    October 26, 2009 at 7:36 pm |