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Court of Appeals — Interrogation: People v. Guilford

New York State Court of Appeals

Interrogation

Subsequent Statements — Suppression

People v. Guilford
No. 103
Judge Lippman

Background: The defendant appealed from his conviction of murder in the second degree. The defendant argued that prior to his confession he was subjected to a custodial interrogation lasting over 49 hours. The trial court suppressed the statements made during the interrogation, but not the subsequent inculpatory statements made by the defendant.

Ruling: The Court of Appeals reversed and directed a new trial. The court found that there was no evidence that the defendant was given food or the opportunity to sleep following his confession. The proof at the suppression hearing suggests the very real possibility that the eight hours following his interrogation prior to his arraignment exacerbated, rather than ameliorated, the physical and cognitive debilitation resulting from a 49-hour interrogation.

Piotr Banasiak for the appellant; James P. Maxwell for the respondent