Let’s put this into action. Police received a phone call from someone who claimed he had just planted a bomb in a nearby high school and that it would go off in forty-five minutes. Police officers, including the bomb squad, rushed to the scene as the school was being evacuated. While surveying the area outside the school, an officer came upon a young man perched in a tree who appeared to be observing the scene with a pair of binoculars. The officer demanded that the man come down from the tree. As he was climbing down, a cell phone fell from his pocket. The officer picked up the phone and pushed the button to display the call history, which showed that the last number called was the police station. The officer, with three other officers, surrounded the man and asked, “Where’s the bomb?” The man replied that there was no bomb and that the whole thing had been a prank. The man was arrested on a charge of making a false bomb threat. In a pretrial motion, his attorney moved to suppress the statements made by the suspect in response to the officer’s questions.
For your main response, address the following:
- Explain how Miranda requirements apply, if at all, to the scenario based on Fifth Amendment rights as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Determine whether you think the pretrial motion will be granted based on the application of Miranda.
- Evaluate the voluntariness of, or lack thereof, the statement made by the defendant based on court interpretation of the Fifth Amendment.
- Propose best practices that should be implemented by the police department to ensure Fifth Amendment procedural and substantive compliance.
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