Colorado v. Connelly
Significance, Defendant Heard "voice Of God", No Violation Of Due Process Rights Found, Dissenting Justices Not Unified In Opinion
State of Colorado
Francis Barry Connelly
The state of Colorado maintained that the statements given by a defendant and admitted during trial were not in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, although the defendant was mentally ill at the time of his confession.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Nathan B. Coats
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Thomas M. Van Cleave
Justices for the Court
Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
10 December 1986
The Court ruled that statements by a mentally ill defendant that were given as evidence did not represent police coercion nor violate the Due Process Clause. Neither were such statements in violation of Miranda rights because the defendant was not coerced or misled into surrendering rights guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment.
- Blackburn v. Alabama, 361 U.S. 199 (1960).
- Culombe v. Connecticut, 367 U.S. 568 (1961).
- Townsend v. Sain, 372 U.S. 293 (1963).
- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
- Harris v. New York, 401 U.S. 222 (1971).
- Lego v. Twomey, 404 U.S. 477 (1972).
West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Vol. 7, p. 233. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.
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