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Obituaries

George Whitmore Jr., 68; coerced confession was key factor in Miranda ruling

NEW YORK — George Whitmore Jr., an eighth-grade dropout who confessed in 1964 to three New York murders he did not commit, and whose case became instrumental in establishing historic legal reforms — including the Supreme Court’s 1966 ‘‘Miranda’’ ruling, which protects criminal suspects — died Oct. 8 in a Wildwood, N.J., nursing home. He was 68.

The cause was a heart attack, his daughter Regina said.

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