The United States Supreme Court considers the “Missouri Two-Step” today as it looks into the way police tell crime suspects they have a right to remain silent. The Court is considering the case of Rolla resident Patrice Siebert, who admitted to police she knew about a plan to burn her mobile home. A teenager died in the fire. The case file says she confessed before being told she had the right to a lawyer and then confessed again after a policeman came back with a tape recorder and gave her the Miranda warning. The officer who took the second confession reminded her during the second interrogation of what she had said earlier. The State Supreme Court says the second confession was so closely tied to the first one that it should not have been allowed during her trial.
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