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Minnick v. Mississippi

United States Supreme Court
498 U.S. 146 (1990)


Facts

Robert Minnick (defendant) and another man escaped from a Mississippi jail and killed two people. Minnick was arrested in California. Minnick claims he was forced to meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. After being given the Miranda warnings, Minnick refused to sign a waiver of his rights. Minnick answered some questions, but told the agents to return after Minnick obtained an attorney. Minnick consulted with an attorney two or three times. Minnick claims he was forced to meet with a deputy sheriff from Mississippi. Minnick again refused to sign a rights waiver but told the deputy about the murders. Minnick was charged with murder. Before trial, Minnick moved to suppress his statements. The trial court suppressed the statements made to the FBI agents, but admitted the statements Minnick made to the deputy sheriff after consulting with an attorney. Minnick was found guilty of capital murder and given a death sentence. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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