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b. Confessions/self-incrim.

seventh circuit court of appeals decision Habeas Review – Miranda-Edwards  Coleman’s argument that his confession violated Edwards v. Arizona, 451 U.S. 477 (1981) (interrogation must cease immediately if suspect requests counsel) was rejected by the state court based upon a determination that he did not in fact assert his to counsel. Denial of relief is affirmed: Coleman admits but… Read More

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7th Cir. decision; Order denying rehearing and amending opinion, 10/10/15 Habeas – Voluntary Statement – Juvenile State court determination that juvenile’s custodial statement to police was voluntary wasn’t objectively unreasonable., notwithstanding his age (15), borderline intellectual functioning and lack of criminal background. “(I)t is the totality of the circumstances underlying a juvenile confession, rather than… Read More

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7th circuit court of appeals decision Habeas – Miranda Waiver Viewed through the deferential lens of 2254 habeas review, a state court finding that the severely mentally impaired Collins knowingly and intelligently waived his Miranda rights an incriminatory statement was not unreasonable. Collins had a Wechsler-scale IQ in the low- to mid-60s, exacerbated by a… Read More

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