PEOPLE V.

RIO 201 SCRA 702 (1991) FACTS: Ricardo Rio was convicted of rape and sentenced to reclusion perpetua by the trial court. He filed an appeal and as such, the records of the case were forwarded to the Court of Appeals who then promptly sent it to the Supreme Court in view of the penalty imposed upon him. In the course of events, Rio filed a motion to withdraw his appeal due to his poverty. The Court denied Rio's motion and appointed a counsel de oficio for him. ISSUE: This is a rape case. The main issue here is obviously irrelevant to our discussion. Instead, we focus on the constitutional mandate set forth in Article III, Sec. 11. RULING: The Court opined that Rio seemed unaware that the former can appoint a counsel de oficio to prosecute the latter’s appeal pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Court (the rules governing appeal) and Art. III, Sec. 11. Let’s have a little backgrounder (based on Mr. Justice Malcolm’s writings): Two of the basic privileges of the accused in a criminal prosecution are (1) the right to the assistance of counsel and (2) the right to a preliminary examination. Pres. McKinley made the first right a part of the US Organic Law by imposing the inviolable rule that “[the accused] shall enjoy the right to have assistance of counsel for the defense.” Said right, described by Judge Cooley as “perhaps the privilege most important to the person accused of crime” is now enshrined in our Constitution as Sec. 11 of Art. III. In criminal cases there can be no fair hearing unless the accused be given an opportunity to be heard by counsel. The right to be heard would be of little meaning if it does not include the right to be heard by counsel. The right to counsel de oficio does not cease upon the conviction of an accused by a trial court. It continues, even during appeal, such that the duty of the court to assign a counsel de oficio persists where an accused interposes intent to appeal. Even in a case where the accused has signified his intent to withdraw his appeal, the court is required to inquire into the reason for the withdrawal. Where it finds the sole reason for the withdrawal to be poverty, as in this case, the court must assign a counsel de oficio, for despite such withdrawal, the duty to protect the rights of the accused subsists and perhaps, with greater reason. In this spirit, the Court ordered the appointment of a counsel de oficio for Rio. (It did not turn out well.) ESCOBEDO V. ILLINOIS 378 U.S. 478, 12 L Ed 2d 977, S4 S Ct 1758 (1974) FACTS: Danny Escobedo's brother-in-law, Manuel, a convict from Chicago, was shot and killed on the night of January 19, 1960. Danny Escobedo was arrested without warrant early the next morning and interrogated. However, Escobedo made no statement to the police and was subsequently released that afternoon. Subsequently, Benedict DiGerlando, who was in custody and considered another suspect told the police that indeed Escobedo fired the fatal shots because the victim had mistreated Escobedo's sister. On January 30, the police arrested Escobedo again – this time with his sister, Grace. While transporting them to the police station, the police explained that DiGerlando had implicated Escobedo, and urged

the Supreme Court ruled that Escobedo has been denied “the Assistance of Counsel” in violation of the Sixth Amendment as “made obligatory upon the States by the Fourteenth Amendment” (as stated in Gideon v.him and Grace to confess. Illinois petitioned for rehearing and the court then affirmed the conviction. and with the police not having effectively warned him of his absolute constitutional right to remain silent. The inculpatory admission was admitted at trial. After conviction for murder. he must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the . Escobedo made statements implicating his knowledge of the crime. While being interrogated. RULING: YES. explaining that although he was not formally charged as of yet. with Escobedo requesting and being denied an opportunity to consult with his lawyer. MIRANDA V. NOTE: The above ruling was later implicitly overruled by the landmark case. a decision affirmed on appeal. an opportunity to consult with his lawyer. Miranda was convicted for kidnapping and rape. and was denied. His attorney went to the police station and repeatedly asked to see his client. but was repeatedly refused access. 16 L Ed e2 692. prior to interrogation. Wainwright). ARIZONA 384 U. Chief Justice Warren cited several police training manuals which had not been provided in the arguments). Supreme Court.S. Escobedo appealed to the U. The person in custody must. and the purpose of the interrogation was to “get him” to confess his guilt despite his constitutional right to do so. and that anything he says will be used against him in court. he was in custody and could not leave. Escobedo asked to speak to his attorney. 436. Escobedo appealed on the basis of being denied the right to counsel. As such. under the circumstances. but the police refused. In the end. 86 S Ct 1602 (1966) FACTS: Police arrested Miranda and took him to a special interrogation room where they secured a confession. Police and prosecutors proceeded to interrogate Escobedo for fourteen-and-a-half hours and refused his request to speak with his attorney with the same consistency throughout that time. ISSUE: WON. which initially held the confession inadmissible and reversed the conviction. be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent. Escobedo appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court. ISSUE: WON the privilege set in the Fifth Amendment is fully applicable during a period of custodial investigation. Escobedo had become the accused. the refusal by the police to honor petitioner’s request to consult with his lawyer during the course of an interrogation constitutes a denial of “the Assistance of Counsel” in violation of the Sixth Amendment. When Escobedo requested. Escobedo again declined.S. Arizona. In such a scenario. no statement elicited by the police during the interrogation may be used against him in a criminal trial. the investigation had ceased to be a general investigation of an “unsolved crime”. RULING: Due to the coercive nature of the custodial interrogation by police (Mr. Miranda v. saying that Escobedo did not want to see him. no confession could be admissible under the Fifth Amendment selfincrimination clause and Sixth Amendment right to an attorney unless a suspect had been made aware of his/her rights and the suspect had then waived them.

lawyer with him during interrogation. and using a firearm in the course of committing a crime of violence. Dickerson was indicted for bank robbery. DICKERSON V. on the ground that he had not received “Miranda warnings” before being interrogated. the individual must have an opportunity to confer with the attorney and to have him present during any subsequent questioning. ISSUE: WON the Miranda court announced a constitutional rule or merely exercised its supervisory authority to regulate evidence in the absence of congressional direction. However. in response. Furthermore. Congress enacted a law which in essence makes the admissibility of a suspect’s statements on a custodial interrogation turn solely on whether they were made voluntarily. the Court's power to craft non-constitutional supervisory rules over the federal courts exists only in the absence of a specific statute passed by Congress. Congress could not overrule it. In Miranda. and the Government took an interlocutory appeal. enacted §3501. He moved to suppress a statement he had made to the FBI. the Fourth Circuit reversed. But if on the other hand the Miranda rule was constitutional. 122 S Ct 2315 (2000) FACTS: In the wake of the ruling on Miranda v. as time went on. the law was satisfied because his statement was voluntary – concluding that Miranda was not a constitutional holding and that Congress could by statute have the final say on the question of admissibility. or otherwise given involuntarily. As evidence of the fact that the Miranda rule was constitutional in nature. At that time. 428. If the individual states that he wants an attorney. acknowledging that even though Dickerson had not received Miranda rights. if he is indigent. at any time prior to or during questioning. a lawyer will be appointed to represent him. The District Court granted his petition. 152 L Ed 2d 1069. Custodial police interrogation by its very nature "isolates and pressures the individual" so that he might eventually be worn down and confess to crimes he did not commit in order to end the ordeal. conspiracy to commit bank robbery. over which the Court lacked the power to impose supervisory non-constitutional rules. If the individual indicates in any manner. the interrogation must cease . Congress. As regards Congress' authority to pass such a law: on the one hand. and that.. That statute clearly was designed to overrule Miranda because it expressly focused solely on voluntariness of the confession as a touchstone for admissibility. UNITED STATES 530 U. HELD: A little backgrounder: in the past. the Court had adopted the nowfamous four warnings to protect against this particular evil.S. that he wishes to remain silent. the interrogation must cease until an attorney is present. because the Court alone is the final arbiter of what the Constitution requires. although the Court had previously invited legislative involvement in the effort to devise prophylactic measures for protecting criminal defendants against overbearing . This was true in England. the Court pointed out that many of its subsequent decisions applying and limiting the requirement arose in decisions from state courts.. the US Supreme Court recognized that the Fifth Amendment was an independent source of protection for statements made by criminal defendants in the course of police interrogation. and American law inherited that rule from England. Arizona. a suspect's confession had always been inadmissible if it had been the result of coercion.

and then told her grandfather and uncle. This Court is convinced that barangay-based volunteer organizations in the nature of watch groups.) . the Court held that Miranda announced a constitutional rule that Congress may not supersede legislatively. a bantay bayan. RULING: NO. he admitted to him that he raped AAA because he was unable to control himself – said confession being something which he denied in his testimony. ADDITIONAL CASE: PEOPLE V. ISSUE: WON his alleged confession with a “bantay bayan” is admissible in evidence. LAUGA 615 SCRA 548 FACTS: Lagua. AAA recounted what happened with her brother BBB. Moises Boy Banting found appellant in his house wearing only his underwear. The RTC found him guilty and convicted him. therefore finding the extrajudicial confession of appellant. Section 12 of the Constitution. otherwise known as the Miranda Rights. willfully. it had consistently held that these measures must not take away from the protections Miranda had afforded. as in the case of the "bantay bayan. with the use of force and intimidation. to which appellant obliged." are recognized by the local government unit to perform functions relating to the preservation of peace and order at the barangay level. being the father of AAA with lewd design. and the specific scope of duties and responsibilities delegated to a "bantay bayan. unlawfully and criminally have carnal knowledge with aforementioned daughter. did then and there." particularly on the authority to conduct a custodial investigation. (This does not change anything either way as Lagua’s guilt was not deduced solely from said confession but from confluence of evidence showing his guilt beyond reasonable doubt… but that’s another issue. and after which they sought the assistance of Moises Boy Banting. After the deed was done. At the police outpost. without ruling on the legality of the actions taken by Moises Boy Banting. and upon appeal said conviction was modified by the CA (by rendering Lagua ineligible for parole and increasing the indemnity and moral damages to be paid). In conclusion. a 13 year[s]old minor against her will. any inquiry he makes has the color of a state-related function and objective insofar as the entitlement of a suspect to his constitutional rights provided for under Article III. He invited appellant to the police station. hence this petition.tactics of the police. Thus. is concerned. inadmissible in evidence. which was taken without a counsel.

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