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Tag: Van Chester Thompkins

Supreme Court Rules Silence is Not Golden With Miranda Rights

Justice Kennedy wrote majority opinion

Justice Kennedy wrote majority opinion

By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Sometimes silence is not so golden — at least according to the Supreme Court.

In a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that suspects must speak up and say they want to remain silent to get protections under the Miranda Warning during interrogations.

In other words, simply shutting up for a while just won’t do it.

The ruling stems from a Michigan case in which a murder suspect Van Chester Thompkins remained silent for three hours during a police interrogation before implicating himself in a murder.

A police officer asked him if he prayed for forgiveness for “shooting that boy down,” and Thompkins answered yes. He appealed his conviction, saying that he invoked his Miranda rights to remain silent by remaining silent.

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