Can a traumatized 10-year-old waive Miranda rights to silence and counsel?

Persyn Law & Policy represents the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children ("APSAC") as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Joseph H. v. California. This case, in which a petition for certiorari is pending, presents the question whether a ten-year-old boy has sufficient capacity to waive his Fifth Amendment rights to silence and counsel under the rule of Miranda v. Arizona and related cases. APSAC has a particular interest in this case because of the multiple forms of trauma that Joseph suffered since birth. 

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Does Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies violate the constitutional rights of students?

Persyn Law & Policy is proud to serve on the trial team for Arce v. Douglas, a case testing the constitutionality of Arizona Revised Statutes, Sec. 15-112, which bans certain courses of study. When the case was before the Ninth Circuit, I co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of public school teachers with a partner at my former firm; you can read the brief here

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