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    Just got this via email today. What a pain in the arse. I have a few questions. Is asking questions to a juvie in the backseat of the squad a custodial interrogation? What if I just picked him up for a municipal curfew violation and was just conveying him home? How about a municipal retail theft violation?:


    Date: July 7, 2005

    To: All Wisconsin Prosecutors And Law Enforcement Agencies

    From: Peg Lautenschlager___________
    Wisconsin Attorney General

    Greg Weber_________
    Assistant Attorney General
    Director, Criminal Appeals Unit
    Wisconsin Department of Justice

    Subject: Court-Ordered Changes In Interrogation Practices Involving Juveniles

    This morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its decision and opinion in State of Wisconsin v. Jerrell C.J., 2005 WI 105, ___Wis. 2d___, ___N.W.2d___. In its opinion, the court exercised its supervisory power and created new rules of law governing the admissibility of statements and confessions made by juveniles during custodial interrogation. The rules are summarized below.

    Beginning immediately, all custodial interrogations of juveniles must be electronically recorded where feasible, and without exception when questioning occurs at a place of detention. Jerrell C.J., 2005 WI 105, 3.

     [I]This recording requirement governs the admissibility of a juvenile
    "I assume you all have guns and crack."

  • #2
    In VT, anytime a juvenile is to be questioned while in custody, a parent, guardian, or other uninterested party must be present with them. Also a written signiture must be obtained or the interview must be recorded for the waiver to be valid.


    • #3
      We have a few e-mails from the DA and our admin/court services about it. I'll read through them and try to give you a synopsis as to what the DA has so far said about it.
      Nobody ever wants to have to fight, but its a darn good idea for someone to know how.


      • #4
        Not surprised at all.

        Coming from WI LE to MN LE, I was kind of surprised to find that all in-custodial arrest interrogations must be electronically recorded. Anytime miranda is given, it better be on tape. Definetely different than WI.



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