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Mitchell v. United States

Docket No.: 97-7541
Argued: December 9, 1998
Decided: April 5, 1999

Topics:

Self-Incrimination, Criminal Procedure, Self-Incrimination, Due Process, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Miranda, Right to Counsel, Self-Incrimination, Sentencing Guidelines, Sixth Amendment, United States Sentencing Guidelines, capital murder, criminal procedure, murder, patent, self-incrimination, stare decisis, willfulness

Petitioner: Mitchell
Respondent: United States

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT
Citation: 122 F.3d 185
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket


526 U.S. 314 (1999)
Question:

Does a guilty plea in federal court waive a defendant's Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination during sentencing? When a defendant invokes his or her Fifth Amendment privilege during sentencing, may a trial court draw an adverse inference from the defendant's silence?

Mitchell v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 09, 1998

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for Mitchell, 4 vote(s) against

Mitchell v. United States
Case Documents

1Opinion in Mitchell v. United States
2Opinion in Mitchell v. United States
Additional documents for this case are pending review.