The Law: Miranda Extended

When it comes to breaking new legal ground, the California Supreme Court is frequently a spadeful or two ahead of all others, including the U.S. Supreme Court. California's ruling last August that local property taxes are an unfair method of financing public schools (Serrano v. Priest) has already been echoed by courts in Minnesota and Texas. Last week, in a 6-1 decision, the California court once again established an important precedent by extending the Miranda rule, which bars the use of confessions made by suspects who have been denied access to legal counsel....

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