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MARYLAND v. SHATZER

Docket No.: 08-680
Certiorari Granted: Jan 26 2009
Argued: October 5, 2009
Decided: February 24, 2010

Topics:

Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Miranda, Sixth Amendment, Speedy Trial, murder, privacy, probable cause, self-incrimination

PartyNames: Maryland v. Michael Blaine Shatzer, Sr.
Petitioner: Maryland
Respondent: Michael Blaine Shatzer, Sr.

Court Below: Court of Appeals of Maryland
Citation: 954 A.2d 1118

Maryland
v.
Michael Blaine Shatzer, Sr.
Question Presented:

Is the Edwards v. Arizona prohibition against interrogation of a suspect who has invoked the Fifth Amendment right to counsel inapplicable if, after the suspect asks for counsel, there is a break in custody or a substantial lapse in time (more than two years and six months) before commencing reinterrogation pursuant to Miranda?

Question:

Does Edwards v. Arizona prohibit the re-interrogation of a suspect, who has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights to counsel and to remain silent, after a substantial amount of time has elapsed between the invocation of rights and the subsequent interrogation?

MARYLAND v. SHATZER
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 5, 2009

Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Justice Antonin Scalia

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MARYLAND v. SHATZER
Case Documents

1MARYLAND v. SHATZER Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
2MARYLAND v. SHATZER Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
3MARYLAND v. SHATZER Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
4Opinion in MARYLAND v. SHATZER
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