Only 14 days needed to re-question following Miranda Warnings – Maryland v. Shatzer

[02/24/10 – 1:05 pm] This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a break of at least 14 days provides a sufficient time period for the police to wait before attempting to re-question a suspect who has previously asserted his right to remain silent under Miranda. The 14-day waiting period presupposes that the suspect will be at liberty, or at least not in police custody, during that period. The 14-day period even applies to a state prisoner who is in general population during that time. The Court’s decision today in Maryland v. Shatzer constitutes the first time the Justices have placed a firm, minimum time period on this type of police activity.

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