Back in 2009, the Milwaukee Police Department (“MD”) arrested Pierre Connor on suspicion that he was involved in the armed robbery and murder of a drug dealer. Following his arrest, MPD detectives interrogated Mr. Connor, despite his repeated requests for a lawyer to be present during questioning.
The United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that a citizen has a constitutional right to have an attorney present during questioning by the police. Under the Miranda decision, police must stop questioning a person after the person requests a Milwaukee police brutality lawyer.
Because the MPD detectives continued questioning Mr. Connor after he requested an attorney, the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin ruled that his incriminating statements should not have been admitted during his trial. As a result, the court of appeals overturned Mr. Connor’s criminal conviction.