August 23, 2019

Colorado Supreme Court: Trial Courts Erred in Suppressing Defendants’ Statements by Conflating Standard for 4th Amendment Seizures with Standard Governing Custody under Miranda

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in People v. Hughes; People v. Meza-Reyes on June 6, 2011.

Suppression of Evidence—Custody Under Miranda—Fourth Amendment Seizure.

The Supreme Court determined that two trial courts suppressing defendants’ statements because of police noncompliance with Miranda did so by applying an incorrect standard, conflating the standard for Fourth Amendment seizures with the standard governing custody under Miranda. Accordingly, the Court reversed the trial court orders suppressing the evidence.

Summary and full case available here.

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