Wednesday, February 24, 2010

SCOTUS Decides Maryland v. Shatzer, limiting Edwards v. Arizona - Police May Resume Questioning After 2 Week Break

A case of great significance to criminal law practicioners. The Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Maryland v. Shatzer today - limiting its 1981 holding in Edwards v. Arizona, 451 U.S. 477, that police terminate questioning after a suspect asks for an attorney.

Held: "Because Shatzer experienced a break in Miranda custody lasting more than two weeks between the first and second attempts at inter-rogation, Edwards does not mandate suppression of his 2006 statements." Pp. 4-18

Read full opinion HERE.