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Miranda Rights Case an Important Supreme Court Decision

Published on 07/13/2010 -

As the Supreme Court term comes to an end, the ruling in a Miranda rights case will prove to be an important criminal law decision. In the early June 5-4 ruling, the Court ruled that suspects must speak in order to retain their right to remain silent.

The case, Berghuis v. Thompkins, centered around a suspect who remained silent for nearly three hours of police interrogation and who eventually answered yes when asked if he prayed for forgiveness for shooting a boy.

The suspect argued that his silence meant that he had invoked his right to silence and that, therefore, his admission was inadmissible evidence.

According to this ruling, if a suspect wants to invoke their constitutional right to remain silent, they must unambiguously say so.

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