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Missouri v. Seibert

United States Supreme Court
542 U.S. 600 (2004)


Facts

Seibert (defendant) was arrested for the killing of a teenage boy in a fire. Without being read her Miranda warnings, Seibert was questioned for 30 to 40 minutes until she admitted to knowing that it was intended that the boy die in the fire. After this confession, Seibert was given a 20-minute break and then brought in for more questioning. At this point, she was read her Miranda warnings. She was then asked the same questions again, being reminded of her initial answers where the police deemed necessary. Seibert confessed again. This system, an initial interrogation followed by Miranda warnings and then a second interrogation, was standard practice in this Missouri county. The trial court allowed Seibert’s second confession to be admitted into evidence and the court of appeals affirmed. The state supreme court reversed, holding that the statement should be suppressed because the interrogation was continuous and the second statement was the product of the first, invalid statement. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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