Vermont v. Cox

484 U. S. 173

December 14, 1987

A judge sentenced Richard Cox to a longer than average jail term on the basis of statements he made during a pre-sentencing interview. Cox argued that those statements were obtained in violation of his right to remain silent. The Vermont Supreme Court agreed. After granting certiorari, the US Supreme Court dismissed the case as improvidently granted. And thus ended the judicial year 1987.

I don’t like these dismissals. As long as you’ve granted review and heard oral arguments, you might as well announce your judgment. It’s another example of the Court not caring about actual people, but only about interesting doctrines.

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