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NY upholds emergency exemption to Miranda rights
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court says police can interrogate a suspect without reading their Miranda rights or providing a lawyer when they reasonably believe there's a serious, ongoing emergency.
The Court of Appeals says the exception to a defendant's rights applies even when authorities don't know for certain a crime happened.
The court on Thursday backed prosecutors' use of incriminating statements Scott Doll made after the February 2009 beating death of business partner Joseph Benaquist.
A Genesee County deputy responding to an evening 911 call about a suspicious person found him walking on a roadway.
Doll initially said wet blood on his clothes was from butchering deer.
He asked for a lawyer and declined to take authorities to the deer.
Doll, now 51, is serving 15 years to life in prison.