Arizona v. Mauro Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“In Arizona, a person suspected of killing his son was taken to a police station, placed in custody, and advised of his Miranda rights, whereupon the suspect told the police that he did not wish to make any more statements without having a lawyer present, and police questioning ceased. After the suspect’s wife asked to see her husband, the police permitted such a meeting in the presence of a police officer, who placed a tape recorder in plain sight on a desk and tape-recorded the subsequent incriminating statements of the suspect to his wife. At trial, an Arizona court refused to suppress the tape-recorded statements on the ground that the recording had not been a product of police interrogation in violation of the suspect’s Miranda rights