Supreme Court says prison inmates don't have to be read rights in different investigations

Written By: Reid
Feb 22, 2012
By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 10:15 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Tuesday investigators don't have to read Miranda rights to inmates during jailhouse interrogations about crimes unrelated to their current incarceration.

The high court, on a 6-3 vote, overturned a federal appeals court decision throwing out prison inmate Randall Lee Fields' conviction, saying Fields was not in "custody" as defined by Miranda and therefore did not have to have his rights read to him.
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