NACDL - City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt

City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt

Brief of Amici Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union in Support of Respondent. 

Brief filed: 12/20/2017

Documents

City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 16-1495

Prior Decision

Decision below 844 F. 3d 1235 (10th Cir. Jan. 4, 2017).

Argument

The Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against self-incrimination applies at preliminary hearings. This principle is consistent with the Constitution’s text and with precedent. Limiting the Self-Incrimination Clause’s application to the criminal trial itself would severely prejudice defendants. The government’s policy concerns do not withstand scrutiny.

Author(s)

Jeffrey A. Mandell, Laura E. Callan, Erika L. Bierma, Eileen M. Kelley, and Elizabeth C. Stephens, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, WI; Barbara E. Bergman, NACDL, Washington, DC.