State Supreme Court says no rights broken in talk with parole agent

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A Jackson robbery suspect's confession to a parole officer can be used against him, even if he wasn't told he could remain silent.

The Michigan Supreme Court overturned a decision by the state appeals court and reinstated the conviction of Samuel Elliott. The decision was 5-2 Tuesday.

Elliott was in jail on a parole violation in 2010 when parole officer Cheryl Evans asked him about a gas station robbery. She didn't inform him of his Miranda right, but she also had no role in the robbery investigation.

The Supreme Court says the parole officer wasn't conducting a custodial interrogation of Elliott. But in a dissent, Justice Bridget McCormack notes that Elliott already had declined to talk to Jackson police without a lawyer.

Published: Thu, Jun 27, 2013