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Feb 21, 2012 11:06 AM by Associated Press (DS)

Supreme Court Says Prisoners Not Always Entitled to Miranda Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says the police don't have to read Miranda rights to prison inmates every time they interrogate them about crimes unrelated to their current incarceration.

This came as the high court Tuesday overturned a federal appeals court decision throwing out Randall Lee Fields' conviction.

Fields was in prison on disorderly conduct charges when a jail guard and sheriff's deputies from Lenawee County, Mich., started interrogating him about allegations that he had sexually assaulted a minor. Fields confessed and was convicted of criminal sexual assault.

Fields appealed the use of his confession, saying that he was never given his Miranda rights on the sexual assault charges.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati threw out his confession and conviction, but the high court overturned that ruling.



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