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Legal News: PA Accused Claims Miranda Ineffective

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A Pennsylvania court has rejected a defendant’s claim that his confession should be inadmissible evidence because he didn’t understand the meaning of the word “attorney” in the Miranda warnings.

Devin Malik Cunningham, 21, testified that he was confused when asked whether he wanted an attorney, and that is why he agreed to speak with police. The defendant stated that he did not understand that an attorney and a judge are distinct. The defendant is accused of participating in the robbery and murder of 71-year-old victim.

The court found there was no evidence of a cognitive or learning disability that would support Cunningham’s claim. He also said an officer clarified during questioning that an attorney is a lawyer.

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