Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Maryland v. Shatzer, Sr.

  • Argument granted on January 26, 2009.
  • Issue: Does Edwards v. Arizona, which bars police from initiating questioning with criminal suspects who have invoked their right to counsel, apply to an interrogation that takes place three years after the suspect has made his request?
  • In 2003, Michael Shatzer allegedly sexually abused his three-year-old son. When police tried to question Shatzer - who was already in jail for another offense - about the offense, he refused to give a statement, telling them that he did not want to talk without an attorney present. The case stalled until 2006, when police re-opened the case and questioned Shatzer. Now Shatzer is arguing that his interview responses should be suppressed under Edwards v. Arizona.



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