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Daniel Escobedo Convicted in 1983 Murder

May 1, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ Daniel Escobedo, the plaintiff in a landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a suspect’s right to a lawyer, has been convicted of killing a shopkeeper with an ice pick in 1983.

Escobedo, 65, faces a possible life sentence after Wednesday’s verdict from a jury that deliberated for about an hour.

Escobedo has been arrested some 25 times for offenses ranging from attempted murder and indecent liberties with a minor to felony possession of firearms. He was released from prison in 1978 after serving 22 years on a drug conviction.

In the latest case, Escobedo’s nephew, Mitsuru Morales, told authorities his uncle had recruited him to help rob and murder Ki Hwan Kim, a Korean fur and leather dealer.

Morales, who was only 16 at the time of the slaying, has pleaded guilty to armed robbery. Escobedo was arrested in Mexico.

In Escobedo v. Illinois, the high court threw out his conviction in the slaying of his brother-in-law after finding that Chicago police had violated his constitutional rights by denying his repeated requests for a lawyer.

The ruling was later expanded in Miranda vs. Arizona, giving rise to the Miranda warning in which police advise those under arrest of their rights, including the right to remain silent.

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