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


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).


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.

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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.