Escobedo, Figure in Landmark Case, Convicted Again

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Daniel Escobedo, a figure in the well-known 1964 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a suspect’s right to a lawyer, has been convicted in Chicago of killing a shopkeeper with an ice pick in 1983. Escobedo, 65, faces a possible life sentence, the Associated Press reports.

Escobedo has been arrested some 25 times for offenses ranging from attempted murder and indecent liberties with a minor to felony possession of firearms. He was released from prison in 1978 after serving 22 years on a drug conviction.

In the latest case, Escobedo’s nephew told authorities his uncle had recruited him to help rob and murder a Korean fur and leather dealer.

In Escobedo v. Illinois, the high court threw out his conviction in the slaying of his brother-in-law after finding that Chicago police had violated his constitutional rights by denying his repeated requests for a lawyer. The ruling was later expanded in Miranda vs. Arizona.


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