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Chavez v. Martinez

United States Supreme Court
538 U.S. 760 (2003)

Chavez v. Martinez


Martinez (plaintiff) was the suspect of a crime. He got shot in the face and Chavez (defendant), a police officer, immediately began to interrogate him, telling him medical attention would be withheld unless he confessed. Martinez ultimately confessed, thinking he was about to die. Martinez was never charged with a crime but he brought a suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that Chavez violated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and his Fourteenth Amendment right to be free from coercive interrogation. The court of appeals held that Chavez did violate Martinez’s constitutional rights.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)

Concurrence (Souter, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Kennedy, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Ginsburg, J.)

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