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Rhode Island v. Innis

Significance, The Supreme Court Ruling, Further Readings


State of Rhode Island


Thomas J. Innis

Petitioner's Claim

That a conversation between two police officers with a murder suspect within earshot did not constitute an interrogation in violation of the suspect's Miranda rights.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Dennis J. Roberts II

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

John A. MacFadyen III

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

12 May 1980


Suspect Thomas J. Innis was found to have not been interrogated by the police.

Related Cases

  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
  • United States v. Henry, 447 U.S. 264 (1980).
  • Edwards v. Arizona, 451 U.S. 477 (1981).
  • Maine v. Moulton, 474 U.S. 159 (1985).
  • Kuhlmann v. Wilson, 477 U.S. 436 (1986).

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