Tuesday, February 23, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Florida Supreme Court In Miranda Warning Case

The United States Supreme Court released its opinion today in Florida v. Powell (08-1175)Powell was previously discussed on this blog HERE, HERE and HERE.  Writing for the Court, and reversing the Florida Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg stated:
In a pathmarking decision, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U. S. 436, 471 (1966), the Court held that an individual must be “clearly informed,” prior to custodial questioning, that he has, among other rights, “the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation.” The question presented in this case is whether advice that a suspect has “the right to talk to a lawyer before answering any of [the law enforcement officers’]questions,” and that he can invoke this right “at any time. . . during th[e] interview,” satisfies Miranda. We hold that it does.
The Washington Post has an article titled "Supreme Court OKs Florida Miranda rights warnings" which can be found HERE and the Tampa Tribune has an article titled "U.S. high court backs Tampa police over Miranda warning" which can be found HERE.


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