Monday, July 19, 2010

Is 'Thompkins' the Death Knell of 'Miranda'?

A recent Supreme Court decision greatly expands the powers of law enforcement officers during custodial interrogations. Berghuis v. Thompkins lessens the government's burden to show waiver of a suspect's right to remain silent, and clarifies law enforcement obligations that were established in Miranda v. Arizona more than 40 years ago. Is Thompkins the death knell of Miranda? Attorney D. Michael Crites and summer associate Anjali P. Chavan examine the meaning and impact of Thompkins.'Thompkins'%20the%20Death%20Knell%20of%20'Miranda'%3F