Courthouse Steps Decision: Vega v. Tekoh

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On June 23, 2022, the Supreme Court decided Vega v. Tekoh. In a 6-3 decision, the Court reversed and remanded the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Court held that a violation of the prophylactic rules described in Miranda v. Arizona does not provide a basis for a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  

Justice Alito delivered the opinion of the Court. Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Breyer and Sotomayor joined.

Please join our legal expert to discuss the case, the legal issues involved, and the implications going forward.


  • John Elwood, Partner, Arnold & Porter; head of the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court practice


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