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State's top court to consider acceptable police lies

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ALBANY — Police lie to suspects.

Now New York's top court is considering whether they go too far by claiming a dead victim is still alive.

The question is whether that's so deceptive that it amounts to coercion and therefore disqualifies any incriminating statements from a suspect that follow.

The two cases being argued Tuesday involve a Troy man whose infant son died with a head injury in 2008 and a New Rochelle man whose girlfriend died from a drug overdose in 2009.

Each suspect was told by police that doctors needed to know what happened in order to treat the victim.

Adrian Thomas was convicted of murder.

Paul Aveni was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

Midlevel courts upheld Thomas' conviction and threw out Aveni's.

Soon the Court of Appeals will decide.

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