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Arizona v. Mauro
United States Supreme Court
481 U.S. 520 (1987)
William Mauro (defendant) was arrested for the murder of his son and taken to the police station. Police advised Mauro of his Miranda rights, Mauro invoked his right to counsel, and police stopped questioning him. Mauro’s wife was also in police custody at the station in connection with the murder. Mrs. Mauro repeatedly told Detective Manson, the officer who was questioning her, that she wanted to speak with Mr. Mauro. Manson was hesitant to grant her request but discussed it with his supervisor and was told to allow Mrs. Mauro to speak to Mr. Mauro, to tape record the conversation, and not to leave the two alone. Manson brought Mrs. Mauro into the room where Mr. Mauro was being held, placed his tape recorder on a table, and recorded the Mauros’ conversation. During the conversation, Mr. Mauro repeatedly admonished Mrs. Mauro to be quiet and not to answer questions without a lawyer present. At his trial, Mr. Mauro raised the insanity defense. The prosecution played the recording of the Mauros’ conversation to rebut Mr. Mauro’s defense. Mr. Mauro moved to suppress the recording on the theory that his conversation with Mrs. Mauro had been a police interrogation and had violated Mr. Mauro’s right to counsel. The Arizona Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s denial of Mr. Mauro’s motion, holding that the conversation in question was an interrogation conducted in violation of Mr. Mauro’s right to counsel. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
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