Howes v. Fields
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Oct 4, 2011
|Feb 21, 2012||6-3||Alito||OT 2011|
Holding: The Sixth Circuit’s categorical rule – that an interrogation is per se custodial, for purposes of Miranda v. Arizona, when a prisoner is questioned in private about events occurring outside the prison – is not clearly established by Supreme Court precedent. And by a vote of six to three, the Court held that the Sixth Circuit’s rule is also wrong.
Judgment: Reversed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Alito on February 21, 2012. Justice Ginsburg filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, which Justices Breyer and Sotomayor joined.
- Opinion analysis: Court reverses habeas grant and limits application of Miranda (Alan Raphael)
- Argument recap: Court grapples with applicability of Miranda in questioning a prisoner. (Alan Raphael)
- Argument preview: When are Miranda warnings required to question a prisoner? (Kali Borkoski)
- Petition of the day (Kiran Bhat)
Briefs and Documents
Merits Briefs for the Petitioner
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioner
Merits Briefs for the Respondent
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondent