United States v. Medunjanin, No. 12-4724 (2d Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his convictions stemming from his participation in coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system. Defendant eventually caused a high-speed collision with another car, attempting to trigger an explosion that would kill himself and others. On appeal, defendant sought a new trial solely on the basis that the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress postarrest statements. The court concluded that, even assuming that Miranda rights may properly be asserted by a suspect prior to his being in custody and prior to his being questioned, there was no clear and unambiguous invocation of the right to counsel by defendant before his arrest; defendant's signing of the Miranda waiver was knowing and voluntary; the court rejected defendant's contention that the government's interference with the attorney-client relationship prior to his indictment ripened into a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel upon his indictment and that the government's refusal to honor his choice to deal with the government through counsel violated his right to substantive due process under the Fifth Amendment; and, therefore, the court affirmed the judgment of conviction.