Garrity v. New Jersey 385 U.S. 493 (1967)

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GARRITY v. NEW JERSEY 385 U.S. 493 (1967)

Justice william o. douglas, for a 6–3 majority, ruled that coercion had tainted confessions exacted from police officers suspected of fixing traffic tickets, when they were made to choose between exercising their right against self-incrimination and retaining their jobs. The dissenters argued that the state could require police officers to assist in detecting unlawful activities, that the officers' confessions were not involuntary, and that their constitutional right was not burdened.

Leonard W. Levy