Double Grilling To Avoid Miranda Wrong: Justices

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The Supreme Court today warned police to stop using a strategy intended to extract confessions from criminal suspects before telling them of their right to remain silent, reports the Associated Press. By a 5-4 vote, the court said deliberately questioning a suspect twice — the first time without reading the required Miranda warning — is usually improper. The decision upheld a Missouri Supreme Court ruling in an appeal by murder suspect Patrice Seibert.

“Strategists dedicated to draining the substance out of Miranda cannot accomplish by training instrucitons what [the Court] held Congress could not do by statute,” said Justice David Souter for the majority.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11895-2004Jun28.html

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