Michigan v. Moseley - 423 U.S. 96 (1975)


U.S. Supreme Court

Michigan v. Moseley, 423 U.S. 96 (1975)

Michigan v. Moseley

No. 74-653

Argued October 6, 1975

Decided December 9, 1975

423 U.S. 96

Syllabus

Respondent, who had been arrested in connection with certain robberies and advised by a detective in accordance with Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U. S. 436, that he was not obliged to answer any questions and that he could remain silent if he wished, and having made oral and written acknowledgment of the Miranda warnings, declined to discuss the robberies, whereupon the detective ceased the interrogation. More than two hours later, after giving Miranda warnings, another detective questioned respondent solely about an unrelated murder. Respondent made an inculpatory statement, which was later used in his trial for murder, which resulted in his conviction. The appellate court reversed on the ground that Miranda mandated a cessation of all interrogation after respondent had declined to answer the first detective's questions.

Held: The admission in evidence of respondent's incriminating statement did not violate Miranda principles. Respondent's right to cut off questioning was scrupulously honored, the police having immediately ceased the robbery interrogation after respondent's refusal to answer and having commenced questioning about the murder only after a significant time lapse and after a fresh set of warnings had been given respondent. Westover v. United States, 384 U. S. 436, distinguished. Pp. 423 U. S. 99-107.

51 Mich.App. 105, 214 N.W.2d 564, vacated and remanded.

STEWART, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which BURGER, C.J., and BLACKMUN, POWELL, and REHNQUIST, JJ., joined. WHITE, J., filed an opinion concurring in the result, post, p. 423 U. S. 107. BRENNAN, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which MARSHALL, J., joined, post, p. 423 U. S. 111.

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