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Tim Wins Motion to Suppress in DV Assault Case

I am pleased to report that I was able to suppress my Client's confession in a Domestic Violence Assault case today. The discovery revealed that the Defendant admitted to a police officer after arrest and Miranda that he had assaulted his girlfriend. I obtained the interrogation video, and found that the Client originally refused to answer questions after Miranda, then changed his mind and decided to answer, leading to his confession. I argued that under the Law Court decision of State v. Grant, that the police didn't "scrupulously honor" his initial refusal, meaning that the Client's statement must be thrown out. The Court agreed, and granted our Motion to Suppress. This means that our Client's confession will not be admitted at trial. --Tim

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