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In re Matter of Spalding
Maryland Court of Appeals
332 A.2d 246 (1975)
Police officers interviewed Carter and Spalding (defendants), and the girls disclosed they had allegedly participated in a “sex-party” with other juveniles and adults. The girls also confessed to drugging their parents to sneak out of their houses. After the police obtained statements from both girls, the police detained both Carter and Spalding overnight in protective custody. The state (plaintiff) filed petitions charging both girls as delinquent children in need of supervision, and a children-in-need-of-supervision hearing began in juvenile court. Before the trial began, Spalding filed a motion to suppress the statements Spalding made to the police. The juvenile master presiding over the trial denied the motion. The juvenile master found both girls in need of care but did not find the girls delinquent. The court committed Spalding and Carter to the Department of Juvenile Services. Spalding appealed, and the court of special appeals held that Spalding’s compelled testimony did not violate her privilege against self-incrimination. Spalding appealed to the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Levine, J.)
Dissent (Eldridge, J.)
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