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9th Circuit Miranda-Voluntariness Case

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by: Abassos • March 1, 2010 • no comments

Excellent case from last week out of the 9th, finding (1) that Miranda warnings were Constitutionally unclear when the Detective paraphrased and expounded on rather than read the standard Miranda form and (2) defendant's will was overborne by a mind numbing 13 hour, tag teamed interrogation where defendant denied guilt for most of it. It's a well written opinion that is worth the read: Doody v. Schriro. There's a nice summary of it at the Ninth Circuit Blog here. It's an interesting underlying case for a bunch of reasons, not least of which is that the same Detectives had already elicitied four false confessions on the same case from four innocent people whose charges were dismissed.