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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Rhode Island v. Innis
Citation:446 U.S. 291 (1980)
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Innis (Respondent) invoked his Miranda rights to police officers, and they placed him under arrest in connection with a murder investigation and drove him to the police station. While in the car, Innis voluntarily made incriminating statements in response to the conversation the officers were having with each other about a missing shotgun in the same murder investigation. Innis told the officers that they should turn the car around so that he could show them where the missing shotgun was located. He was then charged with murder, and the statements in the police car were introduced as evidence against him at trial.
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