Colorado v. ThamesAnnotate this Case
In an interlocutory appeal, the State challenged the trial court's order suppressing statements made by defendant Douglas Thames during a custodial interrogation. Investigators gave defendant an oral Miranda advisement, defendant confirmed that he understood them, and he then signed a written waiver for before making the statements the prosecution wished to use in its case-in-chief. The trial court, relying on a defense expert witness who testified that defendant had difficulty understanding spoken paragraphs concerning abstract ideas, concluded that defendant did not knowingly or intelligently waive his Miranda rights. Reviewing the totality of the circumstances, the Supreme Court concluded that defendant indeed knowingly and intelligently waived his rights. Therefore, the Court reversed the trial court's order.