The Supreme Court has overturned a long-standing ruling that stops police from initiating questions unless a defendant's lawyer is present, a move that will make it easier for prosecutors to interrogate suspects. The high court, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned the 1986 Michigan v. Jackson ruling, which Justice Antonin Scalia said "was poorly reasoned, has created no significant reliance interests and ... is ultimately unworkable."
Supreme Court Rules Suspects Can Be Interrogated Without Lawyer
The Associated Press
May 26, 2009