David Bosworth

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In United States v. Patane, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the issue of whether a police officer's failure to give a suspect the complete Miranda warnings required the court to suppress a gun found as a result of the suspect's voluntary statements. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that failure to give such warnings does not require suppression of physical evidence gained from unwarned voluntary statements. The dissenting justices were concerned about the negative effects this ruling would have on police procedures, judicial inquiries, and suspect's rights. This decision creates another exception to the Miranda rule and could have the effect of weakening the rule in its entirety.