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Garrity v. New Jersey
Supreme Court of the United States
385 U.S. 493 (1967)
Garrity (defendant) was one of a group of public employees who were questioned by the state Attorney General in an investigation related to manipulation of traffic tickets. Prior to questioning, the employees were told that they could refuse to answer questions if the answers would be self-incriminating, but they were also told that refusal to answer would result in termination of their employment. The state supreme court concluded that the threat of termination did not violate the employees’ constitutional privilege against self-incrimination. The employees petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)
Dissent (Harlan, J.)
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