Citation. Illinois v. Perkins, 1989 U.S. LEXIS 3741, 493 U.S. 808, 110 S. Ct. 49, 107 L. Ed. 2d 18, 58 U.S.L.W. 3213 (U.S. Oct. 2, 1989)
Brief Fact Summary. An undercover police agent was placed in jail with the suspect and got them to elicit incriminating statements.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Miranda warnings are not required when an undercover agent asks questions that could result in incriminating statements.
After obtaining information that a murder suspect was being held in jail on an unrelated charge, police placed an undercover agent in jail with the suspect. The agent engaged the suspect in conversations, and the suspect then made incriminating statements about the murder. The trial court granted the respondent Lloyd Perkins’s motion to suppress the statements made at the jail at his murder trial, and the appellate court affirmed. The state of Illinois was granted certiorari. Issue.
Are Miranda warnings required when an undercover agent is asking questions that could elicit an incriminating result?