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New York v. Harris

United States Supreme Court
495 U.S. 14, 110 S.Ct. 1640, 109 L.Ed.2d 13 (1990)


New York v. Harris

Facts

Five days after discovering the victim’s body, police had probable cause to believe Bernard Harris (defendant) committed the murder. Officers then went to Harris’s home and arrested him without a warrant. Harris let the officers in and reportedly admitted to the murder after Miranda warnings. The officers transported him to the station house, repeated the Miranda warnings, and Harris signed a written confession. Police repeated Miranda warnings a third time then videotaped a district attorney questioning Harris, even though he said he wanted to end the interrogation. The trial court excluded the admission Harris made in his home and the videotaped interrogation but allowed the written confession into evidence. Harris appealed his subsequent conviction on the ground that the warrantless and nonconsensual entry into his home rendered the written confession inadmissible. The appellate court affirmed, but New York’s highest court reversed. The United States Supreme Court granted review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)

Dissent (Marshall, J.)

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