Supreme Court OK's Florida Miranda Rights Warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has OK'd Florida's version of the well-known Miranda rights warning despite complaints that it wasn't clear a suspect could have a lawyer present during questioning.

The high court on Tuesday voted 7-2 to restore Kevin Dwayne Powell's weapons possession conviction, which had been thrown out because of the warning.

Officers told Powell: "You have the right to talk to a lawyer before answering any of our questions. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed for you without cost and before any questioning. You have the right to use any of these rights at any time you want during this interview."

The court majority said that makes it clear Powell could have a lawyer with him during questioning.


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