Robert Barnes reports:
Police must be sensitive to the age of child suspects when deciding whether to inform them of their Miranda right against self-incrimination, an ideologically split Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the majority, said the 5 to 4 ruling was merely a “commonsense” application of the court’s previous findings that children are not “miniature adults” and should be treated differently.
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