Analysis: Tilting Miranda toward the police

Berghuis v. Thompkins, Opinion recap

More than four decades after the Supreme Court ordered police to warn suspects about their rights before questioning them, the actual day-to-day practice has not turned out to be a simple ritual under clear ground rules. Encounters in interrogation rooms still and often are a test of wills, with detectives trying to get answers and suspects trying to avoid talking themselves into deeper trouble. As a result, the Court often has had to reinterpret its ... Full Story »

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by Beth Wellington - Jun. 1, 2010

Denniston, who has written on the Supreme Court for over 50 years provides more depth in this recap than can be found in the pieces breaking in the mainstream media, such as at the LA Times and WSJ. I would have liked it, however, if he had, as in the other articles, quoted from the dissent. (I've included that statement in quotes, although it comes from the AP story, not this one.

Note that Chief Justice Roberts enlisted Kennedy to write this opinion (and cast the fifth vote), as was the case of Corporations United. Does this mean that Kennedy is no longer serving as a swing vote?

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Jun. 2, 2010

Excellent summary of new interpretation of Miranda. Sotomayor's dissent states the right wing majority's decision reduces protection afforded by Miranda.

This decision by the majority right wing is in keeping with the majority's desire to legislate from the bench, as well as their overall disdain for the rights of common citizens.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Jun. 1, 2010

quite a bit of information about the case is included here, along with a previous court result. also included is how justice sotomayors dissented. this is an important case for the public to become aware of, as it seems to reverse important aspects of what the court decided previously in regard to suspects' rights, and put them more at risk or being abused.

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Roland F. Hirsch
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by Roland F. Hirsch - Jun. 7, 2010

This news report is good journalism. The authors provide a balanced account of the decision and do not interject their personal views. They make clear the meaning of the decision without saying they think it is good or bad.

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