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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Montejo v. Louisiana
Citation:556 U.S. 778 (2009)
Petitioner Jesse Montejo was arrested on September 6, 2002, in connection with the robbery and murder of Lewis Ferrari, who had been found dead in his own home one day earlier. Suspicion quickly arose in Jerry Moore and police sought to question Montejo, who was a known associate of Moore. Montejo waived his rights under Miranda and was interrogated at the sheriff’s office by police detectives through September 6 and 7. Several days later, two police detective visited Montejo back at the prison and requested that he accompany them on an excursion to locate the murder weapon, which Montejo had earlier indicated he had thrown into a lake. Montejo was again read his Miranda rights and agreed to go along; during the excursion, he wrote an inculpatory letter of apology to the victim’s widow. Only upon their return did Montejo finally meet his court-appointed attorney. At trial, the letter of apology was admitted over defense objection.
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