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Criminal Procedure keyed to Kamisar
Chavez v. Martinez
Citation:538 U.S. 760, 123 S.Ct. 1994, 155 L.Ed.2d 984 (2003)
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An officer shot Martinez (respondent) five times during an interaction. Chavez (petitioner), a patrol supervisor, accompanied Martinez to the hospital and asked him questions while he was receiving treatment. Chavez did not read Martinez his Miranda rights. Martinez was in pain and expressed that to Chavez, but Chavez continued the interrogation until Martinez eventually admitted that he had taken an officer’s pistol and pointed the weapon at him.
Martinez was never charged with a crime, but he brought a § 1983 action, claiming that Chavez violated his Fifth Amendment right not to be compelled to be a witness against himself and his Fourteenth Amendment right to due process.
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