Berghuis v. Thompkins
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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