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Berghuis v. Thompkins

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1470 6th Cir. Mar 1, 2010
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Jun 1, 2010 5-4 Kennedy OT 2009

Holding: The police are required to stop questioning a suspect once he invokes his Miranda right to remain silent. In this case, the Court held that a suspect did not invoke his right to remain silent by simply not answering questions. Instead, a suspect must unambiguously invoke his right to remain silent before the police are required to end their questioning.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 1, 2010. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Breyer.

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