Michigan v. Jackson
United States Supreme Court
475 U.S. 625 (1986)
Jackson (defendant) was suspected of murder. Jackson was arrested and interrogated. At arraignment, Jackson requested an attorney. Police were present at the arraignment. After arraignment but before Jackson consulted with an attorney, police met with Jackson. Jackson was given the Miranda warnings, waived his right to counsel, and gave a statement confirming that he had committed the murder. Jackson was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy. The Michigan Court of Appeals held that Jackson’s statement was admissible. The Michigan Supreme Court reversed on the grounds that the statement was taken in violation of Jackson’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel. The Supreme Court agreed to hear this and another case that presented the same question.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)
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