The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear another case involving the famed Miranda warnings. The case involves Randall Fields, who told sheriff's deputies that he had sexual contact with a minor. Fields made the confession in the same building where he was being jailed for unrelated charges. The deputies never informed Fields that he could remain silent or have a lawyer. They did tell him he could leave the room whenever he wanted. The question presented in the case is whether investigators have to give a jail inmate his Miranda rights before questioning him on matters that are not related to the reason he is custody. The Michigan Courts ruled in favor of Fields and the prosecutors are appealing the court's decision to the United States Supreme Court.
Oral arguments will take place later this year.
The case is Howes v. Fields, 10-680.
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