WITHROW v. WILLIAMS
During his murder case, Robert Williams argued that statements he had made to police should be excluded. Some of those statements had been made before he was given his Miranda warnings and others, while made after the Miranda warnings had been given, were the direct product of those earlier, un- Mirandized statements and should also be excluded, he argued. The state trial court (and subsequently the appeals court) disagreed, and Williams was convicted.
Williams filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal District Court, arguing only that the claims made before the Miranda warnings were given should have been excluded. The court agreed but went further, ruling that the statements made after the Miranda warnings were inadmissible as well because they were the products of the earlier, un-Mirandized statements. On appeal, the state argued that the Supreme Court's decision in Stone v. Powell, 428 U.S. 465, which barred federal habeas corpus review of Fourth Amendment unreasonable search and seizure claims when the state had already given defendants a fair chance to raise such claims in state court, should also apply to questions regarding Fifth Amendment claims stemming from a failure to give Miranda warnings in a timely manner. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the District Court's grant of the petition, however, rejecting the state's argument.
Does the Supreme Court's ruling in Stone v. Powell that federal habeas corpus review does not cover Fourth Amendment unreasonable search and seizure claims when defendants have already been given a fair chance to argue those claims in state court also apply to Fifth Amendment claims stemming from the withholding of Miranda warnings?
No. In an opinion written by Justice David H. Souter, the Supreme Court held that the decision in Stone had been one of prudence rather than one of jurisdiction. In Stone, the Court had decided against using the "exclusionary rule" in federal habeas cases dealing with unreasonable searches and seizures (the exclusionary rule prevents evidence discovered as the result of an unconstitutional search from being introduced in Court). The Court's decision had been based on an expectation that, even in the unlikely case that a state court had erred in its consideration of the constitutionality of a given search, that procedural error was not likely to produce a wrongful conviction. In Fifth Amendment involuntary testimony cases, though, it was possible that a suspect would given false statements about his own guilt because of confusion or fear. The question was not merely a procedural one, therefore, and the prudential concerns of Stone did not apply.
Argument of Jeffrey Caminsky
Chief Justice Rehnquist: We'll hear argument next in Number 91-1030, Pamela Withrow v. Robert Allen Williams, Jr. Mr. Caminsky, you may proceed whenever you're ready.
Mr. Caminsky: For the last seven or eight hundred years, the writ of habeas corpus has been one of the Crown Jewels in Anglo-American jurisprudence, providing a measure of protection for all who share the heritage of the English common law from tyranny and oppression.
In this case, I submit to the Court that we have in front of us today a classic example of the extent to which habeas corpus has strayed from its original and intended purposes and gives us a paradigm of a Federal district court employing a writ of habeas corpus as a writ of Federal error.
If we take a look at the record of this case, we see that before his arraignment respondent made three separate statements to the police, the first statement being severable into two separate parts, a pre-Miranda segment and a post-Miranda segment.
Prior to trial, the respondent moved to suppress all three statements on various grounds relating to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, and actually prevailed concerning two of those statements.
The only statement that the State trial judge admitted into evidence was the first statement rejecting the respondent's claim that it was obtained unlawfully and in violation of his Fifth Amendment rights.
In a State court appeal, the respondent chose to appeal on matters relating to this particular statement only on grounds related to the Miranda issue.
The State Court of Appeals in Michigan denied his appeal and issued an opinion affirming his conviction.
The respondent then filed an application to the Michigan Supreme Court which denied review and ultimately filed a petition for writ of certiorari to this Court which was denied back in 1989.
Respondent then went to Federal district court, filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus.
Again, as far as this particular statement is concerned, respondent raised only the Miranda issue.
In her opinion granting the writ, however, the Federal district judge not only sustained his Miranda claim, in effect overruling the finding of the State court that the police had done nothing wrong, but also went on to find the second half of that statement, the post-Miranda statement, and actually both of the other statements that had been suppressed in the State trial court, to be involuntary.
We appealed to the Sixth Circuit, and while finding parts of the district court's opinion slightly inexplicable, the court nevertheless issued an opinion affirming, and that is what brings us here today.
Unknown Speaker: Did you complain in the Fifth Circuit, Mr. Caminsky, about the district court's taking up the involuntariness issue as well as the Miranda issue?
Mr. Caminsky: Yes, we did.
In fact, in the Sixth Circuit I tried to draw a clear distinction between the Miranda claim and a claim of involuntariness.
I think there are clear precedents from this Court under the Quarles case and Harris v. New York and a number of others where this Court has drawn a distinction between Miranda defects and Miranda claims and claims of involuntariness, and that was one of the things that I tried to point out in the Sixth Circuit, apparently not as well as I would have hoped, because in any event they rejected that particular position, and in fact--
Unknown Speaker: More specifically, though--
Mr. Caminsky: --Yes.
Unknown Speaker: --Did you object that the involuntariness claim had never been raised in the district court?
Mr. Caminsky: Yes.
We... in a number of points in our brief, what we tried to do was draw a distinction between the Miranda claim and the involuntariness claim, and we even noted in our brief in the Sixth Circuit that this issue was not before the district court not only because of the failure of exhaustion but because it had never been raised in the petition for writ of certiorari, so it is a little bit mystifying how we got to the point of having to argue both the question of voluntariness and the question of Miranda.
The Sixth Circuit, however, also drew no distinction between the Miranda claim and the involuntariness claim, and that is one of the points that we're here to address today.
In fact, it seems to me that in many respects the narrowest holding that this Court could issue, and perhaps the core of this case, is simply the application of Stone v. Powell to Miranda claims, and there are a number of different ways this Court can go about that.
Unknown Speaker: Well, is one of your questions in your petition the failure to exhaust?
Mr. Caminsky: Yes, it is.
I think in terms of helping the analysis, it may help us to divide what we commonly consider to be constitutional claims into three different classifications, three different classes of claimed constitutional violations.
The first claim would be matters of fundamental fairness.
Justice Cardozo in Palko v. Connecticut wrote a rather interesting opinion outlining his conception of what fundamental fairness was, and basically this Court has issued opinions of similar import in recent years.
Teague v. Lane, for example, would even apply retroactive changes in the law in habeas review in certain cases relating--
Unknown Speaker: Well, if you really raised the exhaustion claim and we agreed with you, why, that would be the end of the case, wouldn't it?
Mr. Caminsky: --No.
There would still be the Miranda claim to deal with.
I mean, the exhaustion claim only refers to the second half--
Unknown Speaker: Yeah.
Mr. Caminsky: --Of the statement, so as far as that is concerned, that would be the--
Unknown Speaker: Well, I don't know that I see the... well, I guess I can read your questions as well as you can.
Mr. Caminsky: --Okay.
Unknown Speaker: Never mind.
Mr. Caminsky: --See, this is one of the points of some confusion in the Sixth Circuit.
If the Court examines the Sixth Circuit Appendix it will see that the respondent in his State court appeal appeared through his statement of the question to be raising only a question of the State constitution.
At the time in Michigan there was a question relating to focus and custody in terms of triggering mechanism for Miranda warnings, and in large part his argument in the State court related to that issue, and I had originally challenged the Miranda claim on the question of exhaustion as well.
Upon reflection, it seemed that there was enough language in his State court appellate brief to raise the Federal part of the Miranda issue as well, and therefore I think that part of it is exhausted.
But I would... I would--
Unknown Speaker: You think Stone v. Powell covers this case.
Mr. Caminsky: --Yes, I do, for a number of reasons.
I mean, part of the reason is because of the particular classification that Miranda would fall into, and we have questions of fundamental fairness of basic due process.
There's another class that I would consider to be the Federal criminal constitutional procedural-type guarantees that this Court has adopted through its incorporation document.
The last class would be constitutional claims relating to rules of deterrence, or rules of peripheral access, and that is the type of claim that Miranda is, and it seems to me that if you take the logic of Stone v. Powell and apply it to the particular fact situations that are likely to occur in a Miranda case, that the legal parallels are rather compelling.
And in fact, as Justice O'Connor noted in her concurring opinion in Duckworth, it seems to be even more compelling in the Miranda context because we're not really dealing with an actual violation of the Constitution, we're simply dealing with a violation of the rule that this Court has designed to create a buffer around the actual constitutional violation.
Unknown Speaker: Isn't there a very pragmatic difference, though, because in the Fourth Amendment case, if you preclude the litigation of these claims that's it, it's all over, whereas if we preclude litigation in the Miranda claims we then face the voluntariness claim.
Mr. Caminsky: Well, this Court has--
Unknown Speaker: It's not over.
Mr. Caminsky: --The Federal court is likely to wind up having to face that claim anyway.
In my experience, it is the--
Unknown Speaker: Well, it will face that case anyway if the Miranda point is lost, but if the Miranda point is won, it doesn't face that claim--
Mr. Caminsky: --Well--
Unknown Speaker: --So the... I guess what my question boils down to is, assuming you win, every case that... at least... and I'm talking on pragmatic grounds here.
Every case that would readily have been disposed of will now turn into a case of much more complicated litigation over voluntariness and I question... even if one were inclined to accept your view in the abstract, I question what we would be gaining by it, or indeed losing by it.
Mr. Caminsky: --Well, Your Honor, I suppose that reasonable minds can differ in terms of our perception of the practical benefits.
In my experience, it seems that defendants are always raising both issues.
They tend to treat them as twins and see how the factual record develops and argue the point from there.
Unknown Speaker: Would you concede that in this case there certainly is a voluntariness issue which will be litigated, is litigated?
Mr. Caminsky: --There was a voluntariness issue that could have been litigated.
If the Court, however, examines the record and examines the tapes, it will see we are not talking about the kind of voluntariness issue that we discussed... the Court discussed in Mincey, for example, or in Brown v. Mississippi, where you're talking about actual... overt acts of physical coercion.
I mean, if there is a voluntariness issue, it is rather... rather odd that it not only passed by the defense attorneys in the State court, but it completely escaped the attention of anybody up until it was raised sua sponte by the Federal district judge.
Unknown Speaker: Do we have any way of gauging the practical effect of ruling your way?
I mean, do we have to do this based on our own educated guesses from our own backgrounds?
Mr. Caminsky: Probably.
I'm not aware of any particular studies.
My own sense is that there are a considerable number of Miranda claims, but in any event, if the Court looks to the text of the habeas statute it does not talk about issuing the writ in cases where there is a violation of a prophylactic rule.
It limits this Court and the Federal courts to cases involving the constitutional laws or treaties of the United States.
Unknown Speaker: Well, that's true.
Do you carry that to the point of saying we have no... the Federal courts have no jurisdiction to consider--
Mr. Caminsky: Well--
Unknown Speaker: --Miranda claims?
Mr. Caminsky: --I think that a very strong argument can be made along those lines.
I think there's a different question to be raised--
Unknown Speaker: Do you want to rest on that argument?
Mr. Caminsky: --No.
I think there's a... there is a distinction to be made between direct appeal and habeas review.
I mean, habeas review historically has been a rather limited mechanism for correcting fundamental injustice, and in this type of case, if you are dealing with Miranda claims you are not necessarily dealing with a fundamental injustice.
As Justice O'Connor noted in her opinion, the mere failure to give warnings does not render evidence inherently suspect or inherently unreliable.
In addition, we permit the use of Miranda-defective confessions for impeachment purposes and for a variety of other purposes as well, so we are not dealing with a class of evidence that is by its nature excludable, we are dealing with a very limited class of evidence that creates a buffer around the actual core constitutional right that's involved.
And it seems to me that if we are dealing with the statute where the Federal court's warrant is not to sit in review of what the State court did but to try to search the record, trying to examine for fundamental injustice, it seems to me that that is going to... that should be the responsibility of a habeas court.
Unknown Speaker: Well, don't you think the Miranda rule plays a role in preventing the extraction of possibly involuntary confessions?
Mr. Caminsky: I think it very well may in a number of different cases.
Unknown Speaker: Do you agree that there's some sense in thinking that involuntary confessions may be unreliable?
Mr. Caminsky: Oh, I don't believe that any real civilized system of justice could rely on involuntary confessions at all.
Unknown Speaker: Well, so the Miranda rules do play a role in preventing the introduction of possibly unreliable statements.
Mr. Caminsky: In certain cases, Your Honor.
I mean, what the Miranda rules do is create a buffer around the right.
Unknown Speaker: Now, Stone against Powell has just... Stone against Powell, the Fourth Amendment cases don't have anything to do with a possible reliability, unreliability of the result reached at the trial.
Mr. Caminsky: Well, neither, strictly speaking, does a Miranda violation.
Unknown Speaker: Well, it prevents... it helps... you just said it helps to prevent the extraction of involuntary confessions.
Mr. Caminsky: Well, it can in a certain case.
Anyway, perhaps I can make the point better by way of illustration.
We have a 65-mile-an-hour speed limit on most interstates, and if that is what the law is supposed to be, if the police decide that that law is so important that they simply do not wish to allow anybody to exceed the speed limit, if they adopt a rule that they'll issue tickets every time somebody goes more than 40 miles an hour, you're going to have a great number of people who are issued tickets for exceeding the de facto 40-mile-an-hour speed limit but never actually reach the status of a violation of the law.
It seems to me that the Miranda case... the Miranda rule deals with situations falling in that buffer as between the 40 and 65-mile-an-hour range.
Unknown Speaker: A little far afield for me.
Mr. Caminsky: Well--
Sorry, Your Honor.
In any event, if there are any further questions I'll be glad to respond to them.
Otherwise I'd like to save some time for rebuttal.
Unknown Speaker: Very well, Mr. Caminsky.
Mr. Roberts, we'll hear from you.
Justice Roberts: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, may it please the Court:
The United States believes that the rule of Stone v. Powell should apply to bar the assertion of Miranda claims on habeas corpus if the habeas petitioner has had a full and fair opportunity to raise the claim in State court for the same reasons that the rule bars the assertion of exclusionary rule claims on habeas corpus.
Like the exclusionary rule, the requirement of Miranda warnings is an extraconstitutional, judicially-created rule.
Just as the exclusionary rule bars the admission of probative evidence to deter Fourth Amendment violations, Miranda bars the admission of probative statements to deter Fifth Amendment violations, and just--
Unknown Speaker: Do you think the court had the power to adopt the Miranda rule, Mr. Roberts?
Justice Roberts: --The court in Miranda explained its adoption of the extraconstitutional rule as a means of vindicating Fifth Amendment interests.
We're not here challenging the application of Miranda at trial or on direct review.
We just think that the purposes of the rule have to be assessed in the habeas context, just as--
Unknown Speaker: But if asked, what is your position?
Justice Roberts: --I don't have a position on that, Your Honor.
Unknown Speaker: Okay.
Justice Roberts: We don't challenge its application in trial or on direct review.
Unknown Speaker: But just a Miranda rule is the law of the United States within the meaning of the habeas corpus statute.
Justice Roberts: I do think the phrase, Constitution laws and treaties, laws can include both statutes and judicially-created constitutional common law, as it were.
Unknown Speaker: I understand.
Is your answer yes?
Justice Roberts: Yes.
Yes, and as the Court explained in Stone that there's little additional deterrent effect from applying the exclusionary rule on habeas corpus, so, too, there is little, if any, additional deterring effect from applying Miranda.
Unknown Speaker: You have no disagreement with the proposition that voluntariness can be tested on habeas.
Justice Roberts: No.
We agree with that.
Unknown Speaker: Is an element of voluntariness whether or not a Miranda warning has been given?
Justice Roberts: --It is a factor to be considered in the totality of the circumstances, yes.
Unknown Speaker: So if we adopted your rule, we would be inquiring into whether or not the Miranda warning had been given and its effect in any event in all those voluntariness cases.
Justice Roberts: Well, it would be one of the factors to be considered.
This goes to Justice Souter's question.
We think there's a very significant gain from excluding Miranda from habeas corpus.
This Court knows from its own Miranda jurisprudence that cases under Miranda can present very difficult technical issues... the content of the warnings, when they're triggered, how they apply to subsequent arrests.
In cases that the Court knows seldom present serious issues of voluntariness under the Fifth Amendment, extending Stone to Miranda would keep those technical and difficult issues out of habeas corpus, issues that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence, while leaving only voluntariness claims under the Fifth Amendment.
That's a significant gain.
Unknown Speaker: But which do you think are more difficult, the Miranda claims or voluntariness claims?
Justice Roberts: Well, as this Court knows from cases like Duckworth and some of the other cases like Prysock, I don't think there's any great distinction.
How they apply in subsequent interviews, when they can be reinitiated, what's the exact content, as was the issue in this case, when are the requirements or the warnings triggered, they're very difficult.
Unknown Speaker: I thought bright line rules generally made decisions easier.
We're supposed to have a bright line rule there which we don't have in the voluntariness issue.
Maybe that is a bright--
Justice Roberts: Well, Miranda has been... I guess could be described as a bright line rule, but I think the Court has found that it's not so bright on application.
Unknown Speaker: --What do you think the rule is, Mr. Roberts, when on habeas corpus there is a... you are dealing with a claim of involuntariness?
What does a habeas court do?
Justice Roberts: Well, it looks to the totality of the circumstances to determine--
Unknown Speaker: And it reviews it de novo.
Justice Roberts: --Yes, under Miller v. Fenton it is a--
Unknown Speaker: Yes.
Justice Roberts: --De novo review.
Unknown Speaker: So that's a considerable undertaking, isn't it?
Justice Roberts: Well, in particular cases it may be, but I suppose that, when you mentioned, Justice Souter, the practical effect, I think what the assumption is that a prisoner is going to sort of raise a claim even if it's frivolous, and--
Unknown Speaker: Well, it's a considerably tougher operation than applying the Miranda rules, I would think.
Justice Roberts: --Well, but it's an operation that the courts have to undertake now in any event.
This isn't going to be an additional--
Unknown Speaker: Well, we don't have to take them in any event.
I mean, in a case in which the Miranda claim succeeds, that's the end of it.
Justice Roberts: --Well, that is the end of it, yes, on direct review, and the question is what happens on habeas corpus.
We're suggesting that's going to be the end of it if our rule's accepted.
Unknown Speaker: What percentage of cases does the Miranda claim succeed?
I mean, I guess that's a crucial fact, isn't it?
Justice Roberts: When does a... on the record--
Unknown Speaker: Yes, because we're going to have to go through the involuntariness anyway every time a Miranda claim is made unless we find that we throw the whole thing out because of the Miranda claim, right?
Justice Roberts: --Right.
Unknown Speaker: So what percentage of Miranda claims succeed, do you think, on habeas?
Justice Roberts: I don't have any statistics on that.
Unknown Speaker: Do we have any reason to think it's like, 90 percent--
Justice Roberts: No.
Unknown Speaker: --Are successful?
Justice Roberts: I think it's a much smaller--
Unknown Speaker: Probably more don't succeed than succeed.
Justice Roberts: --Most don't because--
Unknown Speaker: That's certainly my impression.
Justice Roberts: --Yes.
Unknown Speaker: Do you think that the exclusionary rule is a law of the United States that was involved in Stone?
Justice Roberts: I think it is what's been described as constitutional common law.
Unknown Speaker: Yeah, I think so, too.
Do you have any... and I assume you don't, but I don't want to overlook it.
Do you have any facts, any statistics on the percentage or the number of cases on which the Miranda claim fails and voluntariness is then litigated?
Justice Roberts: No.
No, I don't.
I think the key distinction that the respondent has suggested between the exclusionary rule under the Fourth Amendment and Miranda's exclusionary rule is that the exclusionary rule doesn't prevent a constitutional violation from occurring.
That's complete upon the illegal search and seizure.
Miranda, on the other hand, respondent argues, prevents a constitutional violation from even occurring, and is therefore worth pursuing even on habeas corpus.
That, I think, begs the question.
It assumes there's a Fifth Amendment violation to be deterred, to be prevented.
As this Court has explained, a violation of Miranda is not the same as a violation of the Fifth Amendment, and once that's understood, the distinction cuts the other way.
The exclusionary rule, after all, prevents the State from taking advantage of a constitutional violation in every case in which it applies.
Miranda sweeps more broadly than the Constitution, so we think the rule of Stone v. Powell should apply a fortiori, and with respect to the significance, the practical impact, it's noteworthy I think that 36 State Attorneys General have filed an amicus brief in this case suggesting that they regard the impact as significant in terms of the respect accorded by the Federal system to the finality of State court judgments.
Now, turning to the voluntariness question in this case, the statements that were made after the Miranda warnings were given and waived, the totality of the circumstances shows this: we had a lucid individual not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not too young to be susceptible to police influence, a veteran of police procedures... he knew the jargon.
He testified that he had six prior B&E's.
Police taped the interview, not something they're likely to do if they're embarked on a campaign to overbear his will, and of course, as noted, Miranda warnings had been given.
Now, in that circumstance, what is it that makes respondent's statements involuntary in response to this promise of leniency?
Not that... it was but-for cause.
Brady tells us that that's not enough.
Not that it was a promise of leniency.
Fulminante made clear that statements in Bram suggesting that was enough were no longer good law.
Not that there was any possibility that this would generate a false admission of guilt.
This isn't a case, you know, confess and we'll release your spouse or your child.
In fact, the only condition he had to meet was to tell the truth.
Nor is there anything improper about the inducement that was offered in this case.
It wasn't, as in Fulminante, talk and we'll save you from a beating.
Unknown Speaker: Do you think the voluntariness issue is before us?
Justice Roberts: Yes, I do.
Well, assuming the Court disagrees with the exhaustion point... we haven't briefed the exhaustion point.
WE have looked at the record.
It does seem to us that voluntariness, the promise of leniency as opposed to Miranda--
Unknown Speaker: Right.
Justice Roberts: --Was not raised in the State system on appeal, and therefore could be considered not to be exhausted, but if it is exhausted I do think--
Unknown Speaker: Well, and isn't it also possible the State waived the exhaustion argument?
I don't know, but--
Justice Roberts: --The record's very ambiguous in the Sixth Circuit about whether there was a concession to that effect or not.
Unknown Speaker: --Was it raised in the Federal district court?
Justice Roberts: The promise of leniency point was not.
Unknown Speaker: Was the involuntariness point raised in the habeas court?
Justice Roberts: No.
The habeas petition mentioned solely the failure to give Miranda warnings.
Unknown Speaker: Well, isn't that a possible obstacle to whether it's properly before us.
Justice Roberts: --Well, the district court went on to reach it and decide it.
Unknown Speaker: In the absence of anybody knowing that it was before it and having any opportunity to speak to it?
Justice Roberts: Exactly.
There was no trial proceeding.
The... it was mentioned at the suppression hearing in State court, and then I think not mentioned any further, and then it reemerged in the district court's opinion and that was the first point at which it resurfaced.
Unknown Speaker: And that places it properly before us.
Justice Roberts: Well, to--
Unknown Speaker: I mean, I think there's properly before us the question of whether it was validly reached, but--
Justice Roberts: --Well, yes, but I think the Court can reach it--
Unknown Speaker: --By being before it.
Justice Roberts: --But the Court can reach it, since it was decided by the district court and by the court of appeals.
Now, whether it was proper for the district court to reach it is a different question, and I think it--
Unknown Speaker: Don't you think it's a question we have to consider?
Justice Roberts: --Yes, as well as--
Unknown Speaker: I mean, as well as then to judge the record that was made by a prosecution that had no notice that this issue was even going to be decided?
Argument of Seth P. Waxman
Justice Roberts: --The issue did come in as a surprise in the district court opinion, yes.
Thank you, Your Honor.
Unknown Speaker: Thank you, Mr. Roberts.
Mr. Waxman, we'll hear from you.
Mr. Waxman: Chief Justice Rehnquist, and may it please the Court:
All four Federal judges who have considered this case have concluded that a writ of habeas corpus must issue in Mr. Williams' favor for two independent reasons.
First, because the prosecution introduced at his trial as evidence of guilt statements Mr. Williams made in response to custodial police interrogation prior to receiving any Miranda warnings, and second, independently, because the prosecution also introduced at trial statements Mr. Williams made in response to custodial interrogation by... which were elicited by means which rendered them involuntary under the totality of the circumstances.
Unless this Court overturns both of those rulings, a writ of habeas corpus must issue and Mr. Williams must be given a new trial.
The Miranda issue in this case is simply whether the rule announced by this Court in Stone v. Powell should be extended to claims that a petitioner's rights under Miranda v. Arizona were violated.
Unknown Speaker: Or whether we should adopt such a rule even if Stone v. Powell had never been decided.
Mr. Waxman: That... of course, you could adopt such a rule.
That's not how the question is phrased.
In... there... the first point I want to make is that there is no challenge in this Court--
Unknown Speaker: Well, I know, but I take it that if... say we thought that Stone v. Powell was completely different from this case, it would still be open to us to say but nevertheless we should say that the Miranda claims aren't open on habeas.
Mr. Waxman: --Certainly, Your Honor, if this Court were to conclude that Federal courts had no jurisdiction to hear Miranda claims, it could and must reach such a conclusion.
My first point is that there was no challenge, though... there is no challenge in this Court to any aspects of the merits of the Miranda rulings below, and in our view the rule announced in Stone v. Powell should not and cannot be applied to violations of Miranda's constitutional rules.
The rights protected by the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination are so unlike those under the Fourth Amendment, and the relationship of Miranda to the privilege is so different than the relationship between Mapp and the Fourth Amendment, that the concerns that inform this Court's decision in Stone and, we submit, no other concerns counsel favoring extension of that rule to Miranda claims.
Indeed, those factors counsel against extending the rule in Stone to Miranda.
I'd like to briefly give the reasons why, and then explain in more detail why I say this.
First, because in complete contrast to the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule, Miranda is specifically designed to and does both prevent the constitutional violation from occurring and, if a violation does occur, it redresses the constitutional injury.
Second, unlike Stone, which reduce the burden on Federal courts and friction with State courts by taking Federal courts completely out of the business of adjudicating the constitutionality of the admission of physical evidence, depriving Federal habeas courts of the power to adjudicate Miranda claims will produce no such result, and third, unlike the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule, Miranda is not unrelated to fairness and reliability at trial.
Before I elaborate on those three points, I would like to stress two points which I think are very fundamental in this case, one about Stone and one about Miranda.
Stone v. Powell is not a decision about the scope of the habeas corpus statute, it is a decision about the scope of the judge-made exclusionary rule designed to reinforce the Fourth Amendment.
Stone itself makes this very clear, and this important distinction is apparent and reiterated in all of this Court's subsequent decisions that have declined to extend Stone beyond the strict confines of the Fourth Amendment and with good reason, because Stone is bound up in the unique status of the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule.
With respect to Miranda, the contention that Miranda v. Arizona announced nothing more than nonconstitutional rules is wrong, and it critically obscures the issue in this case.
We readily agree that one thing that Miranda v. Arizona did was to announce rules that are not required by the Constitution.
The warnings themselves, for example, are not constitutionally required.
Miranda says this, and that's what cases like California v. Prysock and Duckworth v. Eagan are about.
Similarly, the mere occurrence of unwarned custodial interrogation absent a use of the statements as evidenced at chief... at trial, while decried by Miranda, does not amount to a constitutional violation because the statements haven't been used against the defendant as testimony.
This is the precise teaching of this Court's decisions in Michigan v. Tucker and Oregon v. Elstad.
These types of Miranda violations are not at issue in this case.
They're not currently enforced on habeas corpus.
They're not enforced against the States at all.
What is at issue in this case--
Unknown Speaker: Excuse me, how are they ever enforced outside of habeas corpus?
Mr. Waxman: --They... excuse me, I... they could... they are not enforced, for example, on direct appeal to this Court from a State conviction.
Unknown Speaker: Yeah, I mean, I don't understand how they are ever enforced unless a non-Mirandized confession is sought to be admitted.
The fact that you get a confession without Mirandizing is cost-free, right?
Mr. Waxman: Well--
Unknown Speaker: It's not enforced in any forum, neither habeas or elsewhere.
Mr. Waxman: --It's not enforced because under Miranda and under this Court's decisions interpreting Miranda it doesn't announce a constitutional rule.
It announces rules that there are good reasons for police to follow.
Unknown Speaker: No, but my point is that habeas is not distinctive in that regard.
Mr. Waxman: And that's precisely my point, too, Justice Scalia.
Those kinds of Miranda violations, like the violations at issue in Eagan and Tucker and Elstad are not at issue in any court.
What is at issue here is something fundamentally different, because in addition to these nonconstitutional prophylactic rules, Miranda v. Arizona announced both a fundamental constitutional principle under the self-incrimination clause and a prophylactic rule that this Court said was necessary to protect that right, and if I could just go through both of those briefly, I think it would at least point up my understanding of what's at issue in this case when you are asked to apply Stone v. Powell to Miranda claims.
Whatever nonconstitutional rules Miranda announced, it also unambiguously holds that a suspect in custodial interrogation has a fundamental self-executing right to remain silent.
That is, to say nothing that the prosecution can use against him as evidence of guilt at trial.
Now, that right, Miranda says, under the self-incrimination clause, can be waived, but only if the suspect understands the right and understands the consequences of waiving it.
That fundamental right was--
Unknown Speaker: Do you think it violates the Fifth Amendment to make him speak?
Mr. Waxman: --It violates the Fifth Amendment to make him speak in custodial interrogation if he doesn't understand that--
Unknown Speaker: I thought the Fifth Amendment was violated only by the introduction of the evidence.
Mr. Waxman: --Well, that's the... the holding I... this Court's jurisprudence is that the amendment itself is only violated once the statement is used.
Your Honor is absolutely correct, and I misspoke.
In Michigan v. Tucker, that's the reason why there wasn't a constitutional violation, but it does say that in the station house--
Unknown Speaker: Well, he has a right not... you say he has an unqualified right to remain silent under the Constitution, does he?
Mr. Waxman: --That's not accurate.
I mean, this Court frequently says it.
What it means is, you have an unqualified right not to make statements that the prosecution can use against you as evidence of guilt at trial.
Unknown Speaker: Right.
Mr. Waxman: Now, that can be waived, but it can only be waived, this Court has held many times, if you know you have that right and you understand the consequences of it, and that right, interestingly, was violated in this case, because there is no evidence in this record whatsoever that prior to his receipt of the warnings Mr. Williams understood and intelligently waived his right not to make statements that could be used against him.
Now, the district... the lower courts, of course, did not base their ruling on that finding, because they didn't need to, because to protect that constitutional right under the self-incrimination clause, Miranda holds that because warnings or their equivalents are necessary to ensure that a suspect understands his rights and the consequences of waiving it, and to overcome the compulsion that's inherent in custodial interrogation, therefore the prosecution cannot, consistent with the privilege, use any unwarned statements it made in response to custodial interrogation as evidence in chief at trial.
Unknown Speaker: He had been Mirandized before in other... after other arrests, is that right?
Mr. Waxman: --Well, the record--
Unknown Speaker: I mean, I don't find it very persuasive that he'd been tricked into confessing when he's been Mirandized on other occasions.
Mr. Waxman: --The record on that issue is very, very sparse.
There is a very short colloquy that's reported in the Joint Appendix where he's asked by the prosecutor in the suppression hearing, you've been arrested before, and he says yes, and the prosecutor says you understood these rights, and he said well, I've heard some of them, and the prosecutor says, in fact you know what they are, and he says no, I don't.
But remember that as this Court reiterated in Colorado v. Connolly, this is a burden that the prosecution has.
I submit that there is no way... if the Court below had to reach this issue, there's no way that any court could find that the State carried its burden, but what's at issue in this case is--
Unknown Speaker: Well, the State courts must have found that the State carried the burden--
Mr. Waxman: --Well, I--
Unknown Speaker: --Because they affirmed the conviction.
Mr. Waxman: --The State court did affirm the conviction.
The trial court found that there was no Fifth Amendment violation.
Unknown Speaker: Well, they... that's a finding that the State carried its burden, surely.
Mr. Waxman: Well, it's a conclusion of law, I suppose.
My point, Mr. Chief Justice, is that the fundamental... the core constitutional right was not litigated in this case at all, I admit that.
He didn't come in and say look, I didn't knowingly voluntarily and intelligently waive, because he didn't have to.
All he said is, I was interrogated for 45 minutes without receiving any Miranda warnings, and the question in this case is, are Federal courts going to hear that kind of claim?
That's the only thing that was ruled.
Unknown Speaker: A straight Miranda claim, so to speak.
Mr. Waxman: A straight Miranda claim, but nonetheless the kind of Miranda claim that this Court has held over and over and over again is one that is required by the Constitution.
It's require... in Estelle v. Smith, Chief Justice Burger, speaking for the Court, stated the Fifth Amendment privilege is directly involved here because the State used as evidence of guilt the substance of the defendant's disclosures during the pre-trial psychiatric examination.
In Edwards v. Arizona, Justice White, speaking for the Court, said the use of Edward's confession against him violated his rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments as construed in Miranda.
In Orozco v. Texas, this Court held that use of custodial admissions obtained in the absence of the required warnings is a flat violation of the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment as construed in Miranda.
Unknown Speaker: Orozco has been limited by later cases, hasn't it?
Mr. Waxman: I'm not sure, Mr. Chief Justice.
If it were, I suppose Orozco stands... to the extent that it stands for anything novel, it stands for the proposition that one can be in custody outside the station house.
It was the first case that so applied it.
One might question whether on the facts Mr. Orozco was in fact in custody, although I certainly would argue that he was.
He was awakened by a number of police officers at 4:00 in the morning in his... asleep in his home, but that statement of Orozco, as I think the quotes that I've just provided to the Court from Estelle and Edwards, and there are many other cases, does remain good constitutional doctrine.
In fact, in Elstad itself, this Court distinguished its prior decision in United States v. Harrison on the ground that there, quote, the prosecution had actually violated the defendant's Fifth Amendment rights by introducing the confessions at trial.
In other words, what's at issue in this case, unlike Eagan and Tucker and Elstad, is the violation of a constitutional right, or at the very least, a rule that this Court has repeatedly emphasized is required by the Constitution, and the question is, can this rule be analogized to Stone?
We submit that not a single one of the factors that motivated this Court's decision in Stone to restrict the scope of the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule, counsels that result in this kind of a Miranda violation.
First of all, the foundation for Stone was the recognition by this Court in many, many cases following Mapp, that the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule was not a personal, constitutional right or a personal right of the defendant because it can neither prevent the Fourth Amendment violation from occurring, nor can it redress the Fourth Amendment injury that the defendant has suffered.
Rather, as Justice O'Connor explained in her concurring opinion in Duckworth v. Eagan, the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule is a structural device designed to promote sensitivity to constitutional values through its deterrent effect.
It's a constitutional rule, but it's constitutionally required where and only to the extent empirically it serves the function of general deterrence.
In instances where there is no empirical basis for the rule, for example, where the police are acting in good faith, as this Court held in Illinois v. Krull and United States v. Leon and Janis, the rule simply does not exist.
It doesn't extend that far.
And that's what this Court decided in Stone.
In Stone, this Court concluded that since the deterrent effect, quote, if any, of applying that deterrent rule in collateral proceedings is negligible at best and the societal costs of enforcing it on Federal collateral proceedings substantial, therefore this Court held that this judicially created deterrent remedy simply doesn't include resort to Federal habeas courts.
Now, Miranda is totally different from that on every score.
In the first place, unlike the Fourth Amendment, which has nothing whatsoever to do with trials, the Fifth Amendment self-incrimination clause is first and foremost a trial right.
The very purpose of the clause is to protect against the introduction at trial of compelled statements of the defendant.
Indeed, unlike the Fourth Amendment, which is violated by an unreasonable search regardless of whether a trial ever occurs, no violation of the Fifth Amendment self-incrimination clause is ever completed.
Unknown Speaker: Well, Mr. Waxman, if what is really driving the Miranda requirement of certain warnings is a concern about voluntariness of the statement before it's offered at trial, why shouldn't the focus on habeas go to that question rather than to some technical question of whether certain magic words were articulated?
Why isn't it better that we focus on habeas, on the real issue, rather than some peripheral issue?
Mr. Waxman: Well, Justice O'Connor, I have two answers, and I hope I'll be able to remember both of them.
The first one, and the less substantive one, is I don't believe it is in this Court's power to decide which constitutional claims are better to reach and which aren't.
This Court could decide, as it did in Stone, that there simply is no Fourth Amendment claim that a petitioner--
Unknown Speaker: Wait a minute.
Do you take the position that the Miranda warning in all its technicality is constitutionally mandated?
Mr. Waxman: --No, and perhaps I wasn't clear enough.
The warnings themselves, and even the prohibition against unwarned interrogation, is not constitutional.
What is constitutional is the rule that the introduction of an unwarned statement at trial violates the Constitution.
Now, the other answer I have to Your Honor and the more substantive answer I have is that what Miranda v. Arizona stands for is the proposition that the self-incrimination clause imposes a standard different than and in addition to the voluntariness standard.
Under the self-incrimination clause, it is not simply enough to show that a defendant's statement was voluntary.
If that were the case, there would have been no point in ever applying the self-incrimination clause to the States in the first place, because the voluntariness test has always adhered in the Fourteenth Amendment and in the Fifth Amendment itself.
Instead, the self... what Miranda holds is that the self-incrimination clause, a) applies in the station house and b) require... allows a suspect in custody the privilege not to make any statements that can be used against him as evidence of guilt at trial unless he knowingly and voluntarily waives that right, and I submit that this Court's decision in Miranda v. Arizona is replete with references to the fact that of course these cases would not have been otherwise decided if the only issue was voluntariness, and--
Unknown Speaker: Well, we're not bound by all the dicta in Miranda, surely.
Mr. Waxman: --No, no, and I... but I don't think that that is dicta in Miranda.
In fact, I think if one examines Justice Harlan's dissent in Miranda, one can see very clearly that certainly he understood that the Court was announcing a constitutional principle.
If I could just quote the beginning of Justice Harlan's dissent, having decided that the Fifth Amendment privilege does apply in the police station, the Court reveals that the privilege imposes more exacting restrictions than does the Fourth Amendment's voluntariness test.
It then emerges that the Fifth Amendment requires for an admissible confession that it be given by one distinctly aware of his right not to speak, and shielded from the compelling atmosphere of interrogation.
From these key premises, the Court develops the safeguards of warnings counsel and so forth.
Similarly, this Court in Michigan v. Tucker stated, before Miranda, the principal issue in these cases was not whether a defendant had waived his privilege against self-incrimination, but simply whether his statement was voluntary, so--
Unknown Speaker: Mr. Waxman, but surely the exclusionary rule is a constitutional rule.
Mr. Waxman: --Surely.
Unknown Speaker: And yet we have drawn the line on habeas with respect to that--
Mr. Waxman: Well--
Unknown Speaker: --And how can you square that with your earlier assertion that we have no power or no right to make a distinction between various constitutional rules?
Now, what you say is well, we did it in Stone on the basis of the purpose of the constitutional rule, and we can't do it here on the basis of the purpose.
Perhaps that's so, but that does not establish that we can't do it here on some other basis.
Mr. Waxman: --Well, yeah, Justice Scalia, the... when I agree with your statement that the exclusionary rule is a constitutional rule, let me make sure that you and I both agree on all... what I understand to be the premises of that statement.
The Fifth Amendment self-incrimination clause itself is an exclusionary rule.
In addition to that, it's quite clear, it seems to me, under the core Fifth Amendment right, that if Mr. Williams came to this Court and said, look, those statements were taken from me, I had... with no knowledge whatsoever that I had a right to remain silent or they could be used against me, and the State agreed with that.
The Fifth Amendment itself, without reference to any prophylactic rule, would require, by its own operation of law, that those statements be excluded.
Now, Miranda also applies an exclusionary rule which does sweep somewhat more broadly, because in some indeterminate number of cases there are people whose statements... unwarned statements are introduced, and in fact it was a law professor who teaches constitutional law and was not at all coerced and made a deliberate decision to waive his rights and try and talk his way out of it, but constitutional law is filled with prophylactic rules like that.
Indeed, it would be impossible for the courts to give meaning to the core principles of the Constitution without access to prophylactic rules like this.
Now, the reason that I'm saying in this particular case... let me not take on the burden yet of all prophylactic rules in the Constitution... with respect to this case, the fundamental reason why what this Court did in Stone should not and cannot be done here is that in Stone this Court was not dealing with an exclusionary rule that represented the personal right of the defendant in any way.
It was a rule that was designed because over the course of years this Court threw up its hands and said, there has to be some way to make... to enforce respect for the Fourth Amendment.
Unknown Speaker: Well, that may well be, but it was surely his constitutional right at trial in the State court before habeas... it was his constitutional right to have that evidence excluded.
Mr. Waxman: It was a--
Unknown Speaker: Did he not have a constitutional right to have it excluded?
Mr. Waxman: --The Constitution required that it be excluded.
I don't think one can read this Court's decisions in Calandra and Elkins and Linkletter as saying that it was his right.
I think that--
Unknown Speaker: It was not his right.
Somebody else could have asserted it.
Mr. Waxman: --He can assert it, but those... this Court was careful to emphasize throughout, and it certainly emphasized in Stone, that it was a constitutional right, otherwise it could not have been applied--
Unknown Speaker: Right.
Mr. Waxman: --To the States--
Unknown Speaker: Right.
Mr. Waxman: --But it was not one that either prevented the Fourth Amendment injury from occurring or redressed it in any way.
Unknown Speaker: Well, I understand that, but all we're saying then... I think... I guess we're in agreement that you can, on habeas, enforce... decide that because of the nature of habeas some constitutional rights need not be enforced.
Thereafter, the disagreement is over whether the reasons for enforcing it here are as... for not enforcing it here are as justifiable as the reasons for not enforcing it in Stone.
Mr. Waxman: With all--
Unknown Speaker: And Mr. Waxman, it seems to me that when you have a... before Stone, what you were doing when you had a Fourth Amendment issue before you, you were really asking in most of the cases whether or not there had been a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Mr. Waxman: --Yes, that's correct.
Unknown Speaker: Namely, whether there had been an unreasonable search or seizure.
Mr. Waxman: That's correct.
Unknown Speaker: And that was the issue in most of the cases, and yet in Stone we said that you needn't face... decide that constitutional... and that is a personal right that they were deciding--
Mr. Waxman: Well, I--
Unknown Speaker: --In those cases.
Mr. Waxman: --With all due respect to both of you, and I say this with great trepidation.
First of all, Justice Scalia--
Unknown Speaker: Don't worry.
Don't worry, we--
Mr. Waxman: --I don't want you to go back and say bad things about me.
Unknown Speaker: No hard feelings, Mr. Waxman.
Go on, let us have it.
Mr. Waxman: Very well, Your Honor.
Please do not let me be misunderstood on this very critical point.
I do not agree with you that this Court can decide that some constitutional rules can be enforced on habeas corpus and some can't.
I disagree with you on that point most... more vociferously than anything else in this case.
What this Court said in Stone is not that.
What this Court said in Stone is, the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule doesn't exist in habeas corpus, just as in those direct review cases like Leon it said it doesn't exist where there's good faith reliance.
As a result of Stone v. Powell, there is no right to apply.
Unknown Speaker: So if we're to rule against you here, we would have to say that Miranda doesn't exist on Federal habeas.
Mr. Waxman: That's correct.
Unknown Speaker: But I mean, you know, there are arguments pro and con, but I don't see that it turns on the particular phraseology.
Mr. Waxman: Oh, I agree, Your Honor, and if it turned on the particular phraseology I would have become a bunch of noodles.
My mind would have disintegrated a long time ago reading all this Court's and the lower court's habeas Miranda jurisprudence.
Unknown Speaker: How do you think we feel?
Mr. Waxman: If I had the opportunity to switch places with you, Justice White, I would.
My point... but this is serious.
My point, Mr. Chief Justice, is that this is a case in which one cannot dismiss Miranda v. Arizona as dicta, or as merely announcing nonconstitutional rules.
Miranda announces something, a sacred and fundamental self-executing right under the self-incrimination clause, and that's why this case is different.
Unknown Speaker: Yes, but that self-executing right can be enforced without Miranda, you will agree with that, won't you?
Mr. Waxman: It could be enforced without Miranda, but this Court in Miranda held that there was every good reason not to.
I mean, one can say that every fundamental right, maybe, somehow could be enforced without access to a rule of application.
Unknown Speaker: Well, this one could be enforced... for example, if you go beyond voluntariness to waiver of the privilege against self-incrimination this could be enforced simply by saying, we will examine every question of the... every issue on admissibility of a confession to try to determine whether he was aware of his Fifth Amendment right and hence his speaking could be construed as waiving it.
We can do... that may be a very awkward inquiry, but we can do it without having a Miranda ruling.
Mr. Waxman: It's so awkward that this Court explicitly held in Miranda that, because it is so impossible to determine what actually went on in the station house and because it is so impossible for courts after the fact to gauge the amount of coercion or compulsion of the atmosphere, that it heeded its own words and plea in Culombe v. Connecticut and announced this rule.
Of course, one could say--
Unknown Speaker: But isn't it equally impossible to enforce the Fourth Amendment without an exclusionary rule?
Everybody knows that tort remedy doesn't work.
Mr. Waxman: --Well, I submit that is a completely different question, but because when one is, quote, enforcing--
Unknown Speaker: Yes, but isn't the answer the same?
Mr. Waxman: --No, it's not--
Unknown Speaker: Sure.
You can't enforce the Fourth Amendment effectively without the exclusionary rule, can you?
Mr. Waxman: I think that there is great cause to question whether the exclusionary rule causes it to be enforced, period, one in which this Court has held many times, but it is a fundamental of the Fifth Amendment self-incrimination clause that it includes an exclusionary rule.
If I could just say one word, please, if I have time, about the exhaustion point, because I want to make sure that the Court is clear at least on what my position is.
Our position is that the exhaustion claim raised in this Court should not be considered, because it is the end game of a deliberate strategy of the State to sandbag the Federal courts in violation of what this Court in Granberry v. Greer said should not be allowed to happen.
The prosecutor is now stating that... at oral argument it's clear that the State invited the court of appeals to overlook the exhaustion argument without making any distinction whatsoever in its briefs or in oral argument between Miranda involuntariness, and the court of appeals explicitly found that at oral argument the exhaustion position had been effectively conceded by the State.
Unknown Speaker: Thank you, Mr. Waxman.
Mr. Caminsky, you have 4 minutes remaining.
Rebuttal of Jeffrey Caminsky
Mr. Caminsky: Thank you, Your Honor.
I have just a few brief points in rebuttal.
Counsel for respondent has questioned whether this Court really can or should limit Miranda claims on habeas review.
I would simply cite this Court to 28 U.S.C. 2243, which authorizes the habeas court to dispose of the matter as law and justice require.
It seems to me that if this court concludes that it is a better use of the Federal judiciary's time not to delve into the technical aspects of the Miranda claim on habeas but simply to delve into the very heart of the Fifth Amendment to try to prevent any sort of fundamental injustice involving involuntariness, that is certainly within this Court's power.
I think brother counsel and I may disagree about whether that would be a wise thing to do, but I think this Court certainly has the authority to do that.
Counsel also mentioned the four Federal judges who've considered this, and their conclusion on the merits of this case.
I would not want this Court to look... to overlook the 20 judges on direct appellate review, the 20 judicial officers who passed on the Miranda claim and found that it... found it to be meritless.
I think that essentially goes to the heart of why Miranda claims do not belong on Federal habeas review.
A habeas petitioner, if he has had a full and fair hearing, or if the opportunity for a full and fair hearing in the State court, and has lost--
Unknown Speaker: Did all the State judges agree with the same result on direct review?
Mr. Caminsky: --I beg your pardon?
Unknown Speaker: Weren't the State courts divided on the issue?
Mr. Caminsky: No, not on this issue.
The issue that they were divided on--
Unknown Speaker: Not this... oh, I'm sorry.
Mr. Caminsky: --Was the question of effective assistance of counsel.
There was some question about whether a plea offer had been conveyed to the defendant, and that's the issue that caused the dissent.
Unknown Speaker: And did the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously deny review?
Mr. Caminsky: Yes, it did, and this Court denied cert without... without a dissenting justice as well.
Lastly, brother counsel has made the point, or has made the assertion that the Fourth Amendment does not exist on Federal habeas review.
That is simply incorrect.
What is true is that on habeas review this Court's inquiry into Fourth Amendment concerns is limited to whether there was a full and fair hearing of the matter in the State courts.
If the Court finds that there was ample opportunity to fully litigate the matter and that the petitioner's other due process rights were not violated, that is the end of the matter, but if it finds that for one reason or another the petitioner was precluded from raising the Fourth Amendment claim in the State court, then it simply goes on and uses the mechanism Congress has established resolving the claim on the merits.
Lastly, I would simply remind the Court there doesn't really seem to be any disagreement between brother counsel and myself that Miranda does sweep more broadly than the Constitution.
It seems to me that Justice O'Connor's point was absolutely correct, once the matter passes through the State appellate system and we get to the Federal habeas court, this Court should be concerned not with the technical rules, not with the rules at the periphery of all these amendments, but rather with the core constitutional right that is involved here, and in the Fifth Amendment context, that right would be the question of involuntariness.
Are there any other questions?
Unknown Speaker: Thank you, Mr. Caminsky--
Mr. Caminsky: Thank you.
Chief Justice Rehnquist: The case is submitted.
Argument of Speaker
Mr. Roberts: The opinion of the Court in No. 91-1030, Withrow against Williams will be announced by Justice Souter.
Argument of Justice Souter
Mr. Souter: This case comes to us on writ of certiorari in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
The respondent, Williams, brought this habeas actions challenging the legality of the state convictions for murder and other offenses.
Williams alleged that the State Court had erred in allowing the introduction of statements solicited from him by the police in violation of his right in the Miranda v. Arizona.
The District Court agreed and granted relief.
The Court of Appeals affirmed.
The Court of Appeals rejected the state's argument that federal habeas review of Williams' Miranda claim should be barred under the rule in Stone and Powell, which holds that federal habeas review of Fourth Amendment claims is not available when a state has given a full and fair chance to litigate such claims.
In an opinion filed with the Clerk of the Court today we affirm and hold at Stone's restriction on the exercise of federal habeas jurisdiction does not extend to Miranda claims.
The equitable considerations that formed the basis for a decision in Stone do not obtain here.
Most importantly, eliminating review of Miranda claims would not significantly benefit the Federal Courts in their exercise of habeas jurisdiction or advanced the cause of federalism in any substantial way.
Justice O'Connor has filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, which the Chief Justice joins; Justice Scalia has filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part which Justice Thomas joins.