When cops stray from Miranda, pounce on it

Oct 07, 2009 When cops stray from Miranda, pounce on it

Ernesto Miranda (r). (Image from State Department’s website).

In neighboring Prince George’s County, Maryland, a seasoned police officer rambled about and mis-advised a murder arrestee about his Miranda rights. For the officer’s deep and damaging straying from Miranda‘s warning script, Maryland’s intermediate appellate court affirmed the trial court’s suppression of the defendant’s statements that followed to the police. The opinion’s theme is that "police interrogators will do well not to stray too far from the canonical text" of Miranda. State v. Luckett, ___ Md. App. ___ (Oct. 5, 2009). Jon Katz.

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