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160436 - People v Muhamad Altantawi

The People of the State of Michigan,


Joshua Miller





(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)



(Oakland – Anderson, M.)


Muhammad Altantawi,


Carole Stanyar





The defendant is awaiting trial for first-degree murder for the death of his mother when the defendant was 16 years old.  He sought to suppress the statement he gave to police officers at the family home, arguing that he was subjected to a custodial interrogation because there was a police-dominated atmosphere within the home.  The defendant argued that the officers should have advised him of his Miranda rights before questioning him.  The defendant also sought to suppress evidence of images depicted on a recording from the home’s security camera.  The trial court denied the defendant’s motions.  The Court of Appeals affirmed in a 2-1 unpublished opinion.  The Supreme Court has ordered oral argument on the application to address whether the juvenile defendant was subjected to a “custodial interrogation” without being advised of his Miranda rights.  Miranda v Arizona, 384 US 436, 444 (1966).​