A Confession Alone Does Not Effectively Waive the Right to Counsel If It Follows an Interrogation
Lester, William H., Jr.
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Examines the United States Supreme Court’s case Brewer v. Williams. The Court in Brewer established that a confession given during an interrogation is not a waiver of the sixth amendment right to counsel. Further, Brewer established that an interrogation need not be in the form of questions, but any statements reasonably expected to compel a response. The author is unsure “what intervening events will be sufficient to remove the taint of an illegal interrogation” and of the precedential value of the decision.