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Orzoco v. Texas - Significance, A Significant Reversal, Impact

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Reyes Arias Orozco


State of Texas

Petitioner's Claim

That incriminating statements made to police were inadmissible at his murder trial because the police did not give Miranda warnings.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Charles W. Tessmer

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Lonny F. Zwiener, Assistant Attorney General of Texas

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Potter Stewart, Byron R. White, (Abe Fortas did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 March 1969


Reversed the state courts' ruling that petitioner's incriminating statements to police were admissible at the murder trial despite the lack of Miranda warnings, and reversed petitioner's conviction.

Related Cases

  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
  • Beckwith v. United States, 425 U.S. 341 (1976).
  • New York v. Quarles, 467 U.S. 649 (1984).
  • Berkemer v. McCarty, 468 U.S. 420 (1984).
  • Oregon v. Elstad, 470 U.S. 298 (1985).

Further Readings

  • Cassell, Paul G. and Bret S. Hayman. "Police Interrogation in the 1990s: An Empirical Study of the Effects of Miranda." UCLA Law Review, Vol. 42, 1996, p. 839.
  • Faulkner, Jane M. "So You Kinda, Sorta, Think You Might Need a Lawyer?: Ambiguous Requests For Counsel After Davis v. United States." Arkansas Law Review, Vol. 49, no. 2, 1996.
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