Fellers v. United States
|Fellers v. United States|
|Argued December 10, 2003
Decided January 26, 2004
|Full case name||John J. Fellers, Petitioner v. United States|
|Citations||540 U.S. 519 (more)
540 U.S. 519
|The Eighth Circuit erred in holding that the absence of an "interrogation" foreclosed petitioner's claim that his jailhouse statements should have been suppressed as fruits of the statements taken from him at his home.|
|Majority||O'Connor, joined by unanimous|
After John Fellers was indicted by a grand jury, police officers came to his home to arrest him. When they came to his house, they requested to enter, and then proceeded to have a discussion with Fellers about the charges against him. During the conversation Fellers made statements that were then used against him in his trial.
The Supreme Court held that once judicial proceedings have been initiated against a defendant, police officers cannot elicit information from the defendant without the defendant's counsel present.
- Grewell, Justin Bishop (2005). "A Walk in the Constitutional Orchard: Distinguishing Fruits of Fifth Amendment Right to Counsel from Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel in Fellers v. United States". Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 95 (3): 725–762. ISSN 0091-4169.
- Tomkovicz, James J. (2006). "Reaffirming the Right to Pretrial Assistance: The Surprising Little Case of Fellers v. United States". William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 15 (2): 501–532. ISSN 1065-8254.
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