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What was the issue in Garrity v. State of New Jersey, 87 S. Ct. 616 (1967)?

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natralee | Student, Graduate | Salutatorian

Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM via web

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What was the issue in Garrity v. State of New Jersey, 87 S. Ct. 616 (1967)?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Garrity v. State of New Jersey is a Supreme Court case involving police officers’ right to avoid self-incrimination.

This case established the precedent of the Garrity warning, which is a version of the Miranda warning given to law enforcement officers.  Just like other citizens, police officers have the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.  In the case, police officers were questioned regarding a state-wide traffic-ticking fixing scandal.  Police officers in the case were told that they could refuse to answer questions, but those refusals would result in them losing their jobs.

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