Court: Miranda Not Required for In-Prison Questioning

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Michigan inmate who contended he should have received a Miranda warning before being interrogated in a prison conference room about sexual conduct with a 12-year-old boy. The court ruled in a 6-3 opinion against inmate Randall Lee Fields, who confessed to molestation while incarcerated on a disorderly misconduct charge.  The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that questioning an inmate about events outside of prison is always custodial for purposes of Miranda. “On the contrary,” Alito wrote, “we have repeatedly declined to adopt any categorical rule with respect to whether the questioning of a prison inmate is custodial.” ABAJournal.com tells you more.