Supreme Judicial Court Issues Important Ruling on Police Interrogations

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently issued an important decision concerning police interrogations. In Commonwealth v. Smith, the highest court in the Commonwealth reversed a defendant’s murder and attempted armed robbery convictions, and in doing so issued a clear reminder about the importance of honoring a suspect’s Miranda rights, specifically his or her right to remain silent.  The case also raises important questions for criminal defense lawyers and serves as a reminder to those charged with crimes that it does not help to talk to the police without first consulting a lawyer. In…Read more