United States v. Williams, No. 11-324 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
This appeal arose out of the suppression of defendant's station house confession to unlawful dealings in firearms. That confession followed an incriminating statement made in response to brief questioning at the apartment where defendant was arrested earlier that day. The confession followed Miranda warnings; the earlier incriminating statement did not. The district court suppressed the station house confession as the product of a deliberate, two-stage interrogation strategy barred by Missouri v. Seibert. Relying on the court's decision in United States v. Capers, the district court reasoned that the admissibility of defendant's station house confession turned on whether the decision to forego Miranda warnings at the apartment was "legally justifiable." Finding that it was not, the district court suppressed the station house confession. The court concluded that the district court's determination rested on a misapplication of Capers. Accordingly, the court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.