Garrity v. New Jersey

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Garrity v. New Jersey
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Argued November 10, 1966
Decided January 16, 1967
Full case name Garrity v. New Jersey
Citations 385 U.S. 493 (more)
Where police officers being investigated were given choice either to incriminate themselves or to forfeit their jobs under New Jersey statute on ground of self-incrimination, and officers chose to make confessions, confessions were not voluntary but were coerced, and Fourteenth Amendment prohibited their use in subsequent criminal prosecution in state court.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Douglas, joined by Warren, Black, Brennan, Fortas
Dissent Harlan, joined by Clark, Stewart
Dissent White
Laws applied
U.S. Const. Amend. V., U.S. Const. Amend. XIV

Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967),[1] was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that law enforcement officers and other public employees have the right to be free from compulsory self-incrimination. It gave birth to the Garrity warning, which is administered by investigators to suspects in internal and administrative investigations in a similar manner as the Miranda warning is administered to suspects in criminal investigations.


  1. ^ 385 U.S. 493 Full text of the opinion courtesy of

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