Miranda ruling

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Greg D. Rawlings, P.C.
Greg Rawlings

Police officers questioned Brent Willoughby at his home about domestic violence accusations. The State charged Willoughby with several crimes. He argued that the officers obtained his statements illegally because they didn't give him the Miranda warnings. The trial court agreed and suppressed Willoughby's statements. The State appealed, and the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Willoughby wasn't under arrest when he made the statements, so the Miranda warnings didn't apply. The Supreme Court reversed the suppression order and sent the case back to the trial court for more proceedings.

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