Issue: (1) Whether, when law enforcement officers provide Miranda v. Arizona
warnings prior to conducting a voluntary, noncustodial
interview, they must cease all questioning
if the interview subject subsequently expresses a
desire to stop the interview, or whether the officers may
continue the questioning without violating any
constitutional requirements; and (2) whether, if what concededly began as a voluntary, noncustodial
interview by police arguably becomes a
custodial situation, the fact of “custody” alone
makes any subsequently obtained confession
involuntary, or must a court employ a “totality of
the circumstances” analysis, with custody simply
being one factor.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 24 Conference. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be live-blogging beginning at 9:45.
This is the second week of the April sitting. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, which is consolidated with three other cases, on the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages. We will be live-blogging updates from the oral argument beginning at 11 a.m.
Glossip v. Gross The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.