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In Commonwealth v. Smith, decided on April 9, the Supreme Judicial Court extended the “interested adult” rule to apply to 17- year-olds going forward.

Under this rule, “a juvenile must be afforded a meaningful opportunity to consult with an “interested adult” before waiving his or her Miranda rights.” Previously, the rule only applied to juveniles under seventeen, but the court held that, given 2013 changes to juvenile justice laws, the rule should apply to seventeen year olds as well.

This new rule “will apply only to interrogations conducted after the issuance of the rescript in this case.”

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