Miranda Rights Issues
[Note: although this article goes on to discuss a labor dispute involving age discrimination, it starts out discussing
another issue involving Miranda Rights]
2003/04/22 constitutional ban on forced confessions
US: Supreme Court to Rule on General Dynamics Age Discrimination Case
Published by Washington Post | By Charles Lane | Tuesday, April 22, 2003
The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will review a Colorado case that could help further define the
constitutional ban on forced confessions. At issue is whether physical evidence that authorities discovered because
of what a suspect told them before being fully informed of his rights should have been admissible in court.
Under the court's famous 1966 Miranda ruling, a suspect's statement in police custody cannot be used against him
unless police first tell him that he has a right to remain silent and to have a lawyer present during questioning.
But in this case, U.S. v. Patane, No. 02-1183, the issue is whether courts must also exclude physical evidence police
find based on information a suspect gave without first being "Mirandized."
[Accessed 2021/02/15; Published by Washington Post | By Charles Lane | Tuesday, April 22, 2003]