The "false lead" wasn't spontaneous. It was told by the police to Amanda until Amanda told it to them back. Still - there is NO excuse. Police don't put a person in prison or charge them on the basis of word of mouth. That's supposed to be a foundation principle in modern justice. If there is evidence to hold or incarcerate someone - they are held (until they're either charged or let go). Holding and charging someone without evidence is inexcusable - in ANY country. Interrogating someone who's asked for a lawyer (and been denied) - then charging that person for saying what interrogators told her to say.... ..... no matter how many times I roll that around in my brain - it just makes me furious. Seriously - to me - this is the ugliest a justice system can look.