Leila Hull ’02 Wins Case Regarding Miranda Rights

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 11:36 am.

Leila Hull ’02 recently argued and won a case in New York’s Court of Appeals.

According to Appellate Advocates, the Court of Appeals issued a decision striking down the Queens County District Attorney’s Central Booking Interrogation Program because of its unconstitutional use of a pre-Miranda preamble that confused unrepresented persons about their rights.

Under the program instituted in 2007, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office interrogated approximately 15,000 unrepresented, indigent criminal defendants directly before arraignment, when they would be appointed counsel, using a script that undercut the Miranda protections. Every defendant was told to “give [the prosecutors] as much information as you can” just before they were informed that anything they said could be used against them. Interrogators instructed the defendants that, “this is your opportunity to tell us your story” and that, if they wanted an investigation, they would “have to” “tell” the district attorneys “now.” They were told incorrectly that this was their “only opportunity” to talk to the district attorneys just minutes before they would be assigned defense counsel.

Hall, with Allegra Glashausser, argued the case on behalf of three defendants whose Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination were violated by this script. More information on this case were reported by The New York Times.

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