The Supreme Court Takes Up a Miranda Case

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted certification in State v. Ahmad, an appeal from a manslaughter conviction. The question presented there, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s office, is “Was defendant’s statement obtained in violation of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)?” A three-judge panel of the Appellate Division, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed the ruling of the Law Division that there was no Miranda violation in the police’s questioning of defendant. Now the Supreme Court will consider the question.