Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court held that police officers do not need to read prison inmates their Miranda rights when questioning them about events unrelated to their current incarceration. The prisoner in this case was questioned without being read his Miranda rights, and during questioning confessed to actions that formed the basis of a criminal sexual conduct conviction. Justice Alito’s opinion concludes that the prison inmate in this case was not “in custody for Miranda purposes” at the time of his questioning, and therefore that Fields was not constitutionally entitled to receive the warnings set out under Miranda.
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Stanley Fish of the NY Times has glowing words for Justice Kagan on the occasion of her first dissent since joining the Court. In her dissent to the opinion in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, Kagan pokes holes in the majority’s argument, filling the void with a “landscape” of revealing examples. The case deals [...]
From today’s Supreme Court argument in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, a nice shout out for those of us who got our hand-eye coordination–such as it is–trying to protect the freedom of Earthrealm. And another reason it is good to have a few Justices who didn’t spend their childhoods thinking chaste thoughts [...]