The Supreme Court on Tuesday released its decision in Berghuis v. Thompkins, reversing the 6th Circuit and eviscerating the simple bright line rule of Miranda: The police must advise suspects of their rights; for responses to police questioning to be admissible in court, the suspects must make a knowing, intelligent and voluntary waiver of those rights. This 5-4 decision, penned by J. Kennedy, eviscerates the letter of the law — it’s bright-line-ness — as well as the spirit of it — eliminating the incentive for cops to mistreat suspects through browbeating and other forms of coercive behavior.
hat tip to michele, who was listening to npr and found out the opinion was out, when for some reason the NYT failed to cover it, at least in any meaningful way …
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