HAGERSTOWN -- The U.S. Supreme Court in October will hear a case involving a Hagerstown man's confession in a child-molestation case.
The court will seek to clarify how long a request for a lawyer during police interrogation should be valid.
The case involves Michael Blaine Shatzer Sr., 51, who pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court in 2002 to sexually abusing a juvenile.
The question before the Supreme Court will be if "a break in custody or a substantial lapse in time" after a suspect asks for his Fifth Amendment right to counsel affects whether authorities can question the suspect.
In Shatzer's case, the lapse was nearly three years.
In 2003, while serving a prison term at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown for a sexual abuse conviction, a police investigator questioned him about whether he had abused a second child, according to a brief filed with the Supreme Court.