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What is the difference between "person of interest" and "suspect"?

Asked by AnswerQuest (12points) October 28th, 2010

Why the recent use in the media of the term “a person of interest”?
Why not continue using “a suspect”?

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FutureMemory's avatar

You can have some sort of association with a crime without being a suspect. I believe that is when you’re simply a person of interest.

lillycoyote's avatar

This seems to be a pretty good discussion of issue.

john65pennington's avatar

A person of interest is someone that may have information to connect to a suspect.

A suspect is someone that has a motive for committing a crime.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Gadzooks, they just say that so the suspect don’t go rabbit on them or lawyer up.

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

Political correctness.

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