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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Minnick v. Mississippi
Citation:498 U.S. 146. (1990)
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Petitioner Robert Minnick and fellow prisoner James Dyess escaped from a county jail in Mississippi and, a day later, broke into a mobile home in search of weapons. In the course of the burglary they were interrupted by the arrival of the trailer’s owner. They used the stolen weapons to kill the owner and his family. The confession at issue here resulted from the last interrogation of Minnick while he was held in the San Diego jail. On August 25, Deputy Sheriff, J.C. Denham of Clarke County, Mississippi, came to the San Diego jail to question Minnick. Minnick testified that his jailers told him he would “have to talk” to Denham and that he “could not refuse.” Denham advised petitioner of his rights, and petitioner again declined to sign a rights waiver form. Petitioner told Denham about the escape and then proceeded to describe the events at the mobile home.
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