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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Maryland v. Shatzer
Citation:559 U.S. 98 (2010)
In August 2003, a social worker assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hagerstown Police Department referred to the department allegations that respondent Michael Shatzer, Sr., had sexually abused his 3-year-old son. Detective Shane Blankenship was assigned to the investigation and interviewed Shatzer at the correctional institution on August 7, 2003. Before asking any questions, Blankenship reviewed Shatzer’s Miranda rights with him, and obtained a written waiver of those rights. Five days later, another detectives met with Shatzer at the correctional facility to administer the polygraph examination. After reading him his Miranda rights, the detectives administered and concluded that Shatzer had failed. When the detectives then questioned him, he became upset, started to cry, and incriminated himself by saying, “I didn’t force him.” After making this inculpatory statement, Shatzer requested an attorney.
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