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Maryland v. Shatzer

United States Supreme Court
130 S. Ct. 1213 (2010)

Maryland v. Shatzer


In 2003, a social worker reported allegations that Michael Shatzer (defendant) had abused his three-year-old son. At the time of this allegation, Shatzer was imprisoned for a different child-sexual-abuse conviction. The 2003 allegation was assigned to Detective Shane Blankenship, who went to interview Shatzer in prison. Shatzer initially waived his Miranda rights but afterwards demanded an attorney, at which point Blankenship ended the interview. The investigation was closed shortly afterwards. Two and a half years later, further details of the 2003 allegations against Shatzer were reported. Detective Paul Hoover undertook the investigation and on March 2, 2006 went to interview Shatzer in prison. Hoover obtained a written Miranda waiver and interviewed Shatzer. Shatzer agreed to take a polygraph five days later. Shatzer was again read his Miranda rights. Shatzer signed another written waiver and proceeded to fail the polygraph test. After further questioning, Shatzer confessed. Shatzer then requested an attorney, and Hoover ended the interrogation.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

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