Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Judge: Suspect’s statements to police allowable in trial over robbery at North Lawrence Sonic

November 3, 2010


A Douglas County judge on Wednesday morning ruled statements a former Sonic restaurant employee and robbery suspect made to a detective during an interview could be used at trial.

District Judge Paula Martin made the ruling after hearing testimony from Lawrence police Detective John Hanson that he talked with 23-year-old Reco Clark in his unmarked police car on June 7 in the parking lot at Sonic, 1003 N. 3rd St. Hanson said Clark was not under arrest at the time the statements were made.

Clark’s attorney, Hatem Chahine, argued Hanson should have read Clark his Miranda rights.

Nearly eight months after the Jan. 23 robbery at the restaurant, prosecutors charged Clark with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Another man, Antonio M. Douglas, was convicted of robbery after a plea in the case and sentenced to probation. Clark, a Sonic employee at the time, was initially listed as a victim in the case.

Martin has scheduled a Nov. 23 hearing in Clark’s case.


rabbit 7 years, 7 months ago

It amazes me how LJW policy of not naming until conviction does not apply here.

somebodynew 7 years, 7 months ago

rabbit - that policy is only supposed to apply to sex cases, not every case. In general they don't name suspects until officially charged in court (as opposed to just being arrested).

bearded_gnome 7 years, 7 months ago

Clark’s attorney, Hatem Chahine, argued Hanson should have read Clark his Miranda rights.


okay, by this logic then efore I say "hello" to one of Lawrence's centurions, then I have to have him or her read me my rights.
good to know that.

WHY 7 years, 7 months ago

No that is not the argument. The argument is that when a police officer puts you in the car and makes you feel like you must talk to him, the officer should read the suspect his rights. Just saying hello, and being questioned are two different events with a police officer.

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