The Supreme Court, taking on a second case on the rights of youths facing police questioning, agreed today to decide whether a minor has a right to Miranda warnings before any questions may be asked, reports Scotusblog.com. The new case focuses on whether a suspect's age counts as a factor in determining when to warn a suspect about the right to silence and the right to a lawyer. Last month, the court agreed to decide whether police must obtan a warrant before interviewing a child while at school during a sexual assault investigation.
In the new case, J.D.B. v. North Carolina (09-11121), the court will review a North Carolina Supreme Court decision that courts are barred from considering age as a factor in the Miranda v. Arizona context.