A judge in Montana has ruled that suspects with Multiple Personality Disorder need to have their Miranda rights read separately to each personality.
Still, it may not matter. A case before the Supreme Court concerns a man who was riding his bike through a field where police were questioning someone suspected of selling drugs. Police ordered the man, Oliviero Martinez, to stop. When one cop found Martinez had a small knife used for cutting strawberries in a sheath on his belt, he decided to wrestle him to the ground. The cop’s partner allegedly saw Martinez reaching towards the cop’s gun, so he shot him five times—in the eyes, spine and legs. (Martinez is now permanently blind and paralyzed.)
The controversial bit is that while Martinez was screaming in agony in the ambulance, and later in the emergency room, the cop continued aggressively questioning him, and didn’t bother reading him his Miranda rights at any point. The cop eventually persuaded Martinez to agree that he was reaching for the gun, and that the shootings were justified, at which point the interrogation ended.
The Justice Department has filed a friend-of-court briefing saying that since Martinez was never charged with any kind of crime on the basis of the extracted testimony, the whole thing was completely OK.
The city has refused to pay any of Martinez’s medical bills.