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Fishbein said he planned to have expert witnesses explain why people sometimes admit to crimes they didn’t commit.

“It’s a hard concept to understand. But it’s a reality. And it’s a scary reality,” Fishbein said.

Asked whether Hernandez still believes his confession, the attorney answered, “He’s pleading not guilty.”

Etan’s parents had a court declare the boy legally dead more than a decade ago, allowing them to sue convicted child molester Jose Ramos in the boy’s death.

Ramos was found responsible — a ruling made because he didn’t entirely cooperate with questioning during the lawsuit — but it’s unclear how that finding could now factor into the prosecution of Hernandez.

Ramos, now 69, had been dating the boy’s baby sitter in 1979 and was considered a suspect. He was later convicted of molesting two different children and was in prison in Pennsylvania prison for more than a quarter-century.

Ramos had been scheduled to be released last week, but he was immediately rearrested on a charge of failing to register properly as a sex offender; authorities said he’d lied about where he planned to live, giving an address a relative vacated long ago. Ramos was due for a preliminary hearing Thursday in a court in Dallas, Pa.

Etan’s father, Stanley Patz, said Wednesday that the family wasn’t commenting on the case.