Arizona high court to consider Miranda warning circumstances

Arizona high court to consider Miranda warning circumstances

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to specify circumstances when police must give a person a Miranda warning about the constitutional right to remain silent during police questioning.

The justices will review an appellate court’s ruling in a Yuma County burglary case that questioning of a man outside a vacant building was permitted even though he wasn’t initially given a Miranda warning.

A key issue in the case is whether Carlos Andrews Maciel (MAH’-see-ehl) was in custody or free to leave when he first made incriminating statements during questioning.

A Court of Appeals three-judge panel’s majority said Maciel voluntarily remained at the scene, but a dissenting judge says circumstances indicate otherwise.

An officer asked Maciel to sit inside a police car and then on a curb while police investigated.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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