United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
119 Fed.Appx. 462 (2005)
Richmond, Virginia, police officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the home of John Beard (defendant). Upon their arrival, Officer Eugene Provost spoke with Beard’s mother, sister, and brother while Officer Tim Degrauwe spoke to Beard, who was in his bedroom ironing clothes. Provost learned that Beard had threatened his sister with a shotgun. Provost located the shotgun from a vehicle and noticed that it had been sawed off to an illegal length. Provost then went to Beard’s bedroom with the shotgun and signaled to Degrauwe that they needed to arrest Beard. However, there was no evidence that Degrauwe or Beard had seen any such signal. Provost then advised Beard of his Miranda rights, but it is not clear exactly what he said to Beard. Thereafter, Beard confessed to being a convicted felon and that he had the gun for protection. Beard was handcuffed and taken to the police station where he was presented with a Rights Waiver Form, which Beard refused to sign. Beard was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing an unregistered firearm. Beard filed a motion to suppress the confession made in his bedroom. At an evidentiary hearing, Officer Provost was the sole testifying witness, but did not say what he specifically told Beard upon his arrest. Beard’s attorney argued that Provost’s testimony was insufficient to show that he complied with the Fifth Amendment. The prosecution then moved to reopen the record and allow Provost to testify, which was denied by the court. The district court granted Beard’s motion to suppress and the Government appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 221,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.