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NCJ Number: 77648 Find in a Library
Title: Adversaries - Search and Questioning
Corporate Author: Michigan Media
United States of America
Date Published: 1967
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Michigan Media
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Roscoe Pound-American Trial Lawyers Foundation
Washington, DC 20007
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Part of a series of training demonstrations by practicing trial lawyers and law enforcement officers in a criminal prosecution, this film focuses on how police obtain a formal statement from an accomplice in the case of a man charged with robbery and murder.
Abstract: Two detectives in Ann Arbor, Mich., have recovered the checks, currency, and whiskey that were allegedly taken by a suspect from the Big Ten Party Store and Beverage House in Ann Arbor. Because the suspect has also named a 16-year-old accomplice in his formal statement, the detectives contact the juvenile's mother, a widow, and are given permission to search her son's room. The detectives find a bag with bloodstained clothing during their search, go to the boy's high school, and have the boy summoned to the principal's office. The film focuses on the questioning process and on the statement of rights read to the juvenile: that he has a right to remain silent, that he has a right to an attorney including one appointed by the court if he cannot afford his own, and that he has a right to know that anything he says can and will be used against him in a court of law. In addition, the movie focuses on the detectives' use of the tape recorder in taking a formal statement and their notation of time, location, and persons present. Through questioning by the detectives, the juvenile tells of his part in the robbery and his share in the proceeds of the robbery. As the film ends, the detectives tell the mother that her son will be held in the county jail because of the seriousness of his offense. For related films in this series, see NCJ 77644-47 and NCJ 77649-59.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Juvenile due process; Michigan; Miranda rights; Police legal limitations; Police responsibilities; Suspect interrogation
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