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In Missouri Case, High Court Says No Double Interrogations


Washington – In a ruling arising from a Missouri case, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday warned police they could not deliberately question a suspect twice, the first time without a Miranda warning.

But the court left open the possibility that some confessions obtained after double interviews would be acceptable. But they said police must prove the interrogation wasn't intended to undermine the Miranda warning.

The ruling came out of a case involving Patrice Seibert, who was convicted of plotting to set a 1997 fire that killed a teenager at the family's trailer in Rolla.

Police said she arranged to burn the trailer to cover up the death of her 12-year-old son.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the two-step interrogation process used in her case was improper. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld that ruling Monday.


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