Kaupp v. Texas
United States Supreme Court
538 U.S. 626 (2003)
Robert Kaupp (plaintiff), a 17-year-old boy, was implicated in the murder of a 14-year-old girl by the girl’s half-brother, who had confessed to fatally stabbing the girl and dumping her body in a ditch. Kaupp had previously voluntarily taken, and passed, a polygraph test during which he denied any involvement in the girl’s murder. Detectives attempted, but failed, to obtain a warrant to arrest Kaupp. Detectives acknowledged that they did not have probable cause to arrest Kaupp. Regardless, detectives went to Kaupp’s house at approximately 3:00 a.m., woke Kaupp up, handcuffed him, and marched him out to a patrol car, shoeless and dressed only in his underwear. The police first took Kaupp to the crime scene and then to the police station. After arriving at the station, detectives removed the handcuffs, read Kaupp his Miranda warnings, and interrogated him. After 10 to 15 minutes of interrogation, Kaupp confessed to being involved in the girl’s murder but denied stabbing or murdering her. At trial, Kaupp moved to suppress the confession as the product of an unlawful arrest. The trial court admitted the confession. Kaupp was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 55 years in prison. Kaupp appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 707,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 707,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 44,500 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.