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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Supreme Court ruled police warnings satisfied Miranda requirements

On February 23, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Florida v. Powell that the requirements of Miranda v. Arizona were satisfied by 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." The Florida Supreme Court found the warning to be misleading enough to cause a reasonable person to conclude that he or she could only consult with an attorney before questioning. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority, and Justice John Paul Stevens filed a dissenting opinion, which Justice Stephen Breyer joined in part. Stevens and Breyer both concluded that the warnings were insufficient.

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