A murder suspect kept telling police officers he wished to remain silent, but when his case came before the state Supreme Court, three justices had plenty to say.

“Counsel, it is incomprehensible to me that the state of Georgia is standing here making this argument,” Justice Nels Peterson told Fulton County prosecutor Stephany Luttrell. She’d just argued that officers were not required to assume a suspect who said he didn’t want to talk understood his right to remain silent under the landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.