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Frazier v. Cupp

394 U.S. 731 (1969)

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Frazier v. Cupp

United States Supreme Court

394 U.S. 731 (1969)

Facts

Frazier (defendant) was taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in a fight. Police recorded interrogations conducted while Frazier was in custody. Frazier was initially questioned briefly and then given a summary overview of his constitutional rights. Frazier was informed of his right to legal counsel and warned that his statements could be used against him at trial. During subsequent questioning, police falsely informed Frazier that a co-defendant had confessed. Frazier volunteered incriminating information. Frazier then indicated a desire to be represented by an attorney. The interrogation continued and Frazier ultimately executed a written confession. Frazier appealed his conviction to the United States Supreme Court arguing that his confession was illegally obtained and improperly admitted as evidence.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)

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