Massiah v. United States

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Massiah v. United States
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Massiah v. United States, 377 U.S. 201 (1964), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from eliciting statements about the defendant from him or herself after the point at which the Sixth Amendment right to counsel attaches. Excerpted from Massiah v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

377 U.S. 201

Massiah v. United States

CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

No. 199 Argued: March 3, 1964 --- Decided: May 18, 1964


Government agents, while continuing to investigate narcotics activities including those of petitioner, who had retained a lawyer and was free on bail after indictment, without petitioner's knowledge, secured an alleged confederate's consent to install a radio transmitter in the latter's automobile. An agent was thereby enabled to overhear petitioner's damaging statements which, despite his objection, were used in the trial which resulted in his conviction.

Held: Incriminating statements thus deliberately elicited by federal agents from the petitioner, in the absence of his attorney, deprived the petitioner of his right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment; therefore such statements could not constitutionally be used as evidence against him in his trial. Pp. 201-207.

307 F. 2d 62, reversed.