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Arizona Supreme Court: Curbside Questioning Does Not Require Miranda Warning

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that police conducting on the scene questioning are not required to issue a Miranda warning.

The issue in the Arizona v. Carlos Andres Maciel case centers on whether Maciel, who was convicted of burglary, was technically in police custody when he made incriminating statements.

Maciel was found near the scene of a burglary in 2013. Officers responding had the man sit in a police car and then on a curb when they asked him what he knew about the removal of a wooden window covering.

In trial court, Maciel’s attorneys argued his confession should be suppressed because he had not been read his Miranda rights. The justice upheld the decision to deny this motion because the curbside questioning did not present “inherently coercive pressures” like a station interrogation.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.