PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to specify circumstances when police must give a person a Miranda warning about the constitutional right to remain silent during police questioning.
The justices will review an appellate court’s ruling in a Yuma County burglary case that questioning of a man outside a vacant building was permitted even though he wasn’t initially given a Miranda warning.
A key issue in the case is whether Carlos Andrews Maciel (MAH’-see-ehl) was in custody or free to leave when he first made incriminating statements during questioning.
A Court of Appeals three-judge panel’s majority said Maciel voluntarily remained at the scene, but a dissenting judge says circumstances indicate otherwise.
An officer asked Maciel to sit inside a police car and then on a curb while police investigated.
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