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Montejo v. Louisiana
Citation:556 U.S. 778 (2009)
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Montejo (Petitioner) was being investigated for murder and initially waived his Miranda rights. At a preliminary hearing in front of the trial court, the judge ordered that a public defender be appointed to represent Montejo. After the hearing, he was interrogated by police officers and wrote an inculpatory letter of apology to the murder victim’s widow. His attorney was not present at the time, even though the court had appointed one for him. The letter to the widow was admitted over Montejo’s objections at trial.
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