Doyle v. Ohio
United States Supreme Court
462 U.S. 610 (1976)
Doyle (defendant) was charged with selling marijuana to an informant for the narcotics bureau of the state of Ohio (plaintiff). At trial, Doyle presented a version of events that contradicted the prosecution’s version of events. The prosecution cross-examined Doyle and asked why he had not explained his version of events to the agent who arrested him. Doyle objected to the prosecutor’s questions and the trial court overruled his objections. Doyle was convicted and his conviction was upheld in the state courts. Doyle petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review on grounds that the prosecution’s attempt to impeach his credibility by questioning his silence after receiving Miranda warnings violated his due process rights.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
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