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United States First Circuit


US v. Hufstetler, 14-1393

Defendant challenges his conviction for robbing a federal credit union, arguing that he was coerced into confessing to the crime in violation of his Fifth Amendment rights. At the time of defendant's interrogation, his girlfriend was also in police custody for the robbery, and a significant portion of defendant's interrogation thus death with the impact that his cooperation would have on her prospect for release. Before trial, defendant filed two motions to suppress his confession, each based on the theory that the invocation of his girlfriend in such a manner constituted an improper threat or promise. The district court rejected defendant's argument and denied the two motions to suppress. The judgment is affirmed, where: 1) the police officers did not act impermissibly; and 2) defendant confessed through his own volition, as the transcript and recording of the interrogation are devoid of evidence that defendant lacked sufficient control over his own choices.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/20/2015
  • Published 03/20/2015

Judges

  • Howard

Court

  • United States First Circuit

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