In re Stiff
Illinois Appellate Court
32 Ill. App. 3d 971, 336 N.E.2d 619 (1975)
Police were patrolling an area where there had been in increase in burglaries when they saw Alva Stiff (defendant) and Lydell Curry. The officers noticed Stiff and Curry because they were school-aged children who were not in school during school hours. The police returned to the area about an hour later and saw Stiff and Curry running between houses and across lawns. Stiff stopped when he and Curry saw the officers, but Curry ran. One of the officers called Stiff over to the squad car and asked Stiff why he was running. Stiff asked whether he would be in trouble if he told the officers everything, and an officer responded that it depended on what Stiff had done. The officers placed Stiff in the back of the squad car. Stiff was found guilty of one count of burglary and two counts of murder and was adjudged delinquent. On appeal, he argued that the police illegally detained him when they put him in the squad car.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Seidenfeld, J.)
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