Miranda warnings http://michiganradio.org en Michigan court rules on Miranda rights for inmates http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-rules-miranda-rights-inmates <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that inmates are not necessarily entitled to Miranda warnings when they&rsquo;re investigated for alleged law-breaking in prison. Typically, warnings that a suspect has the right to remain silent and have an attorney present have to be given once a person is detained and no longer free to leave.</p><p>We have more from Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Rick Pluta:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;In this case, suspected gang member Burton Cortez was handcuffed and questioned after guards found two metal shanks in his cell during a lockdown search of the state prison in Carson City.</p><p>With a recorder running, Cortez acknowledged the blades were his, and admitted he sold a third shank to another inmate. Prison officials say the main purpose of their interrogation was to gain information to help restore order following a string of gang-related fights, and to root out a plot to murder a guard.</p><p>That was enough for the trial court &ndash; and the Court of Appeals &ndash; to deny Cortez&rsquo;s motion to suppress his confession and the tape. The courts say Miranda warnings are not necessary when prison officials&rsquo; top focus is to keep the peace, and not to determine whether a crime has been committed, or who is responsible.&rdquo; Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:26:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4744 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan court rules on Miranda rights for inmates