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Pennsylvania v. Muniz

496 U.S. 582, 110 S. Ct. 2638, 110 L. Ed. 2d 528 (1990)

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Pennsylvania v. Muniz

United States Supreme Court

496 U.S. 582, 110 S. Ct. 2638, 110 L. Ed. 2d 528 (1990)

Facts

Muniz (defendant) was arrested for driving while intoxicated. After failing three roadside sobriety tests and admitting that he had been drinking, Muniz was taken to a booking center. At the booking center, Muniz’s interactions with the police were videotaped and he was told that he was being recorded. Muniz was asked a series of questions, the last of which was, “Do you know what the date was of your sixth birthday?” Muniz, slurring his speech, answered “No, I don’t.” Police had Muniz repeat the physical sobriety tests from earlier in the evening, during which he made further incriminating statements. Muniz was asked to submit to a breathalyzer test and refused. It was not until this point that Muniz was advised of his Miranda rights. At trial, the recording of his interactions with the police at the booking center were admitted into evidence and an officer testified concerning the sobriety tests and incriminating statements. Muniz was convicted of driving while intoxicated. Muniz filed a motion for a new trial, which was denied. The case was eventually appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Rehnquist, C.J.)

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