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Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc to Consider Whether a Miranda Violation Can Give Rise to a Claim under § 1983

Perhaps no other Supreme Court rule is as “embedded in . . . our national culture”1×1. Dickerson v. United States, 530 U.S. 428, 443 (2000); see also Ronald Steiner, Rebecca Bauer & Rohit Talwar, The Rise and Fall of the Miranda Warnings in Popular Culture, 59 Clev. St. L. Rev. 219, 229–35 (2011) (showcasing data on depictions of full-length Miranda warnings in popular legal and police television dramas). as the eponymous warnings of Miranda v. Arizona.2×2. 384 U.S. 436 (1966). Despite Miranda’s “pathmarking” prominence,3×3. Florida v. Powell, 559 U.S. 50, 53 (2010) (Ginsburg, J., writing for the majority). its warnings remain difficult to classify. Some categorize Miranda as a “prophylactic rule,” meaning that it safeguards constitutional rights but “can be violated without violating the Constitution itself.”4×4. Joseph D. Grano, Miranda’s Constitutional Difficulties: A Reply to Professor Schulhofer, 55 U. Chi. L. Rev. 174, 176–77 (1988). Others categorize it as a “constitutional rule,” required by the Constitution and therefore resistant to congressional supersession.5×5. Dickerson, 530 U.S. at 444. And still others object to this dichotomy outright.6×6. See John T. Parry, Constitutional Interpretation, Coercive Interrogation, and Civil Rights Litigation After Chavez v. Martinez, 39 Ga. L. Rev. 733, 786 (2005) (“The tools we develop to reach results in individual cases, including prophylactic rules, . . . together with the results of individual cases are the meaning of the Constitution.”); David A. Strauss, Miranda, the Constitution, and Congress, 99 Mich. L. Rev. 958, 960 (2001) (“[T]o ask whether Miranda warnings are required by the Constitution or are mere prophylactic rules that go beyond what the Constitution itself requires . . . is misleading because constitutional rules — routinely, unavoidably, and quite properly — treat the Constitution itself as requiring prophylaxis.” (internal quotation marks omitted)). The “word games”7×7. Dickerson, 530 U.S. at 454 (Scalia, J., dissenting) (“The Court today insists that the decision in Miranda is a ‘constitutional’ one, that it has ‘constitutional underpinnings,’ a ‘constitutional basis’ and a ‘constitutional origin,’ that it was ‘constitutionally based,’ and that it announced a ‘constitutional rule.’” (citations omitted)). of understanding how to classify Miranda are far from trivial: these taxonomic difficulties have resulted in disputes over whether 42 U.S.C. § 1983 provides a cause of action for violations of Miranda rights.8×8. See, e.g., Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760, 772 (2003) (plurality opinion). Recently, in Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles,9×9. 997 F.3d 1260 (9th Cir. 2021), cert. granted sub nom. Vega v. Tekoh, 142 S. Ct. 858 (2022) (mem.). the Ninth Circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc,10×10. Id. at 1261. leaving intact the panel’s holding that using an un-Mirandized statement at trial gives rise to § 1983 liability.11×11. Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, 985 F.3d 713, 715 (9th Cir. 2021). Though the Ninth Circuit correctly denied en banc rehearing, the dissent’s demotion of Miranda warnings from “constitutionalize[d]” to “prophylactic”12×12. Tekoh, 997 F.3d at 1267 (Bumatay, J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc). is unjustified and risks restricting constitutional remedies at the Supreme Court and beyond.

On March 19, 2014, Terence B. Tekoh, a certified nurse assistant, attended to Sylvia Lemus at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.13×13. Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, No. CV 16-7297, 2017 WL 5957727, at *1–2 (C.D. Cal. May 25, 2017); Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, 270 F. Supp. 3d 1163, 1170–71 (C.D. Cal. 2017). Lemus told other hospital employees that during this time, Tekoh sexually assaulted her.14×14. Tekoh, 270 F. Supp. 3d at 1171. After one employee contacted the police, Deputy Carlos Vega of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) arrived and interviewed Tekoh.15×15. Id. at 1167, 1171. Vega did not read Tekoh his Miranda rights.16×16. Tekoh, 2017 WL 5957727, at *3. During the interview, Tekoh wrote a note admitting to touching Lemus’s genitals.17×17. Tekoh, 270 F. Supp. 3d at 1172. According to Vega, Tekoh said that he had “made a mistake” and penned the confession when asked to describe what happened.18×18. Id. Tekoh, however, alleged that Vega accused him of the assault and instructed him to write the confession, placing his hand on his gun when Tekoh hesitated.19×19. Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, 985 F.3d 713, 715–16 (9th Cir. 2021). Tekoh further alleged that Vega falsely claimed the assault had been captured on video, ignored his request for counsel, and used racial slurs.20×20. Id. Vega arrested Tekoh for unlawful sexual penetration and the case went to trial, where Tekoh was acquitted.21×21. Id. at 716, 724. The district court first declared a mistrial due to a prosecution witness revealing evidence undisclosed to the defense. See id. at 716.

Tekoh subsequently filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the Central District of California against Vega, Vega’s supervising officer, the LASD, and the County of Los Angeles.22×22. Complaint for Damages for Violations of Civil Rights Under Color of State Law ¶¶ 4–7, Tekoh, 270 F. Supp. 3d 1163 (Sept. 28, 2016) (No. CV 16-7297). Tekoh later dropped his claim against the County. See First Amended Complaint for Damages for Violations of Civil Rights Under Color of State Law ¶ 6, Tekoh, 270 F. Supp. 3d 1163 (June 4, 2017) (No. CV 16-7297) [hereinafter First Amended Complaint]. Tekoh claimed, among other things, that the defendants had violated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by failing to give him Miranda warnings.23×23. First Amended Complaint, supra note 22, ¶¶ 47–48. Tekoh also claimed that the defendants violated his Fourth Amendment rights by arresting him without probable cause and his Fourteenth Amendment rights by depriving him of substantive and procedural due process. Id. Tekoh’s proposed instruction would have allowed the jury to find Vega liable per se under § 1983 if it found, by a preponder-ance of the evidence, that he obtained Tekoh’s confession in violation of Miranda.24×24. Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, No. CV 16-7297, 2018 WL 9782523, at *4–5 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 8, 2018). After the court denied Tekoh’s proposed instruction, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants.25×25. Id. at *1. Tekoh filed a motion for a new trial, arguing that the court erred by denying his proposed Miranda jury instruction.26×26. Id. Tekoh also argued that the court failed to include a separate jury instruction for his claim of a coerced confession, erroneously excluded his proffered expert on coerced confessions, and allowed defense counsel’s misconduct to deprive him of a fair trial. Id. at *1, *7.

The district court rejected Tekoh’s motion in relevant part.27×27. Id. at *13. The district court also deemed the expert’s opinion unnecessary to aid the jury’s factual determination and concluded that it appropriately admonished defense counsel’s improper statements. Id. at *3, *12–13 (“[T]he jury found in Defendants’ favor despite defense counsel’s misconduct, not because of it.” Id. at *13.). In his decision, Judge Wu concluded that the Supreme Court’s holdings “strongly suggest[] that § 1983 liability will not attach to a technical violation of Miranda.”28×28. Id. at *5. Judge Wu referred to the Chavez v. Martinez29×29. 538 U.S. 760 (2003). plurality, which concluded that violating Miranda does not, in itself, “violate [the defendant’s] constitutional rights and cannot be grounds for a § 1983 action,”30×30. Tekoh, 2018 WL 9782523, at *5 (alteration in original) (quoting Chavez, 538 U.S. at 772 (plurality opinion)). and the United States v. Patane31×31. 542 U.S. 630 (2004). plurality, which similarly remarked “a mere failure to give Miranda warnings does not, by itself, violate a suspect’s constitutional rights or even the Miranda rule.”32×32. Tekoh, 2018 WL 9782523, at *6 (quoting Patane, 542 U.S. at 641 (plurality opinion)). Conversely, according to Judge Wu, Tekoh failed to cite any authority supporting an instruction of per se § 1983 liability for violating Miranda.33×33. Id. at *5. Judge Wu thus concluded that refusing Tekoh’s per se jury instruction was not error, but granted the new trial motion on other grounds.34×34. Id. at *6, *13. Judge Wu concluded that it was “erroneous and prejudicial” for the court not to “include a coerced confession jury instruction under the Fifth Amendment separate and apart from the instruction as to the deliberate fabrication of false evidence” under the Fourteenth Amendment. Id. at *11. After the jury again returned a verdict in favor of the defendants, Tekoh appealed the district court’s Miranda ruling.35×35. Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, 985 F.3d 713, 718 (9th Cir. 2021).

The Ninth Circuit reversed.36×36. Id. at 721, 726. Writing for the unanimous panel, Judge Wardlaw37×37. Judge Wardlaw was joined by Judges Murguia and Miller. identified the key question as whether Miranda rights are among the “rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution” under § 1983.38×38. Tekoh, 985 F.3d at 718. Judge Wardlaw explained that the Chavez plurality did not “stand for the broader proposition that a § 1983 claim can never be grounded on a Miranda violation.”39×39. Id. at 721. She prefaced that “[w]hen no single rationale commands a majority of the Court, only the specific result is binding on lower federal courts.”40×40. Id. (quoting United States v. Davis, 825 F.3d 1014, 1022 (9th Cir. 2016)). And since, unlike in Chavez, Tekoh’s un-Mirandized statement was admitted (rather than excluded) in his criminal proceedings, Chavez was inapplicable.41×41. Id. at 722. Judge Wardlaw further asserted that the Patane plurality did not apply either, since the narrowest of the fractured opinions — Justice Kennedy’s concurrence — did not discuss Miranda’s constitutional status.42×42. Id. at 721–22 (citing United States v. Patane, 542 U.S. 630, 644–45 (2004) (Kennedy, J., concurring in the judgment)). Judge Wardlaw thus concluded that only Dickerson v. United States,43×43. 530 U.S. 428 (2000). which “made clear that the right of a criminal defendant against having an un-Mirandized statement introduced in the prosecution’s case in chief is indeed a right secured by the Constitution,” provided binding precedent.44×44. Tekoh, 985 F.3d at 720, 722. Judge Wardlaw also cited to previous cases from the Ninth Circuit and sister circuits that came to similar conclusions. Id. at 722–23; see, e.g., Stoot v. City of Everett, 582 F.3d 910, 923 (9th Cir. 2009) (determining Chavez does not apply to cases where allegedly coerced statements are used in criminal proceedings); Jackson v. Barnes, 749 F.3d 755, 762, 767 (9th Cir. 2014) (holding un-Mirandized statement used at criminal trial may give rise to § 1983 claim); Sornberger v. City of Knoxville, 434 F.3d 1006, 1026–27 (7th Cir. 2006) (same); Murray v. Earle, 405 F.3d 278, 285 & n.11 (5th Cir. 2005) (same).

The Ninth Circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc.45×45. Tekoh, 997 F.3d at 1261. Judge Bumatay dissented.46×46. Id. at 1264 (Bumatay, J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc). Judge Bumatay was joined by Judges Callahan, Ikuta, Bennett, R. Nelson, Bress, and VanDyke. Quite literally charting the Supreme Court’s description of Miranda warnings as “prophylactic” rather than a “constitutional right,”47×47. Id. at 1265 chart. Judge Bumatay asserted that the panel’s decision constituted a “rewriting [of] the Fifth Amendment.”48×48. Id. at 1265. From early English common law to the Fifth Amendment’s ratification, the historical “lodestar” of the Fifth Amendment’s Self-Incrimination Clause, to Judge Bumatay, was “voluntariness, not prophylaxis.”49×49. Id. at 1266. Judge Bumatay viewed the Miranda decision as “refus[ing] to say that ‘the Constitution necessarily requires adherence to any particular’ pre-interrogation procedures,” and thus “[n]othing in Miranda itself . . . can be said to constitutionalize its eponymous warnings.”50×50. Id. at 1267 (quoting Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 467 (1966)). And Dickerson’s holding, to Judge Bumatay, was inapposite, since it branded Miranda as a “constitutional rule” but not a “constitutional right” as required for § 1983 liability.51×51. Id. at 1270. Judge Bumatay further pointed to Justice Souter’s Chavez concurrence, which “questioned the need for civil liability when certain non-core Fifth Amendment violations occurred.”52×52. Id. (citing Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760, 778–79, 779 n.* (2003) (Souter, J., concurring in the judgment)). Judge Bumatay therefore concluded that the panel decision was detached from text, history, and precedent and should have been reconsidered.53×53. Id. at 1272.

Judge Miller concurred in the denial.54×54. Id. at 1261 (Miller, J., concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc). Judge Miller was joined by Judges Wardlaw and Murguia. He emphasized that the Ninth Circuit “lack[ed] authority to resolve contradictions in the Supreme Court’s precedents.”55×55. Id. As such, Judge Miller concluded that the en banc dissent’s discussion of the text, history, and common law development of the Fifth Amendment was irrelevant.56×56. Id. Noting that Dickerson prevented Congress from replacing Miranda rights, Judge Miller asked: “If Miranda is not ‘secured by the Constitution,’ then why is Congress not allowed to dispense with it?”57×57. Id. at 1262 (citation omitted) (quoting 42 U.S.C. § 1983). Finally, Judge Miller noted that since “[t]he circuit split is not nearly as lopsided as the dissenters assert,”58×58. Id. at 1263. a rehearing would not resolve the conflict and thus did not “involve[] a question of exceptional importance” required to grant rehearing en banc.59×59. Id. (quoting Fed. R. App. P. 35(a)(2)). The Supreme Court granted certiorari.60×60. Vega v. Tekoh, 142 S. Ct. 858 (2022) (mem.).

By denying the petition to rehear the case en banc, the Ninth Circuit correctly held that § 1983 applied to the use of an un-Mirandized statement at trial. Yet the dissent’s insistence that Miranda rights are prophylactic — that a Miranda violation does not necessarily re-sult in a constitutional violation — undermines Miranda. Neither the Constitution nor Supreme Court precedent compels the dissent’s language of prophylaxis. Nevertheless, this interpretation threatens not only § 1983 claims based on Miranda violations, but also any other constitutional remedies deemed “prophylactic” if other jurists — especially a majority of the Supreme Court — follow suit.

Though the dissent presumed that prophylactic rules are “less than a ‘right’” for § 1983 purposes,61×61. Tekoh, 997 F.3d at 1264 (Bumatay, J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc). neither constitutional text nor Supreme Court precedent requires this interpretation. The Constitution does not distinguish between “prophylactic” and “constitutional” rules.62×62. See Yale Kamisar, Willard Pedrick Lecture, Miranda Thirty-Five Years Later: A Close Look at the Majority and Dissenting Opinions in Dickerson, 33 Ariz. St. L.J. 387, 426 (2001) (noting that the test preceding Miranda “was no more a rule of the pure Marbury variety, no more ‘directly compelled’ by the Constitution, and no more a product of the ‘explicit’ text of the Constitution than Miranda itself”); Daryl J. Levinson, Rights Essentialism and Remedial Equilibration, 99 Colum. L. Rev. 857, 903 (1999) (“Any piece of constitutional doctrine can probably be regarded as prophylactic with respect to some abstract principle hypothesized as the ultimate end the doctrine is meant to serve.”); Strauss, supra note 6, at 963 (“[T]he Constitution does not ordain any particular institutional mechanism for ensuring that compelled statements are not admitted into evidence.”). Judges and academics initially invented this dichotomy to distinguish “Marbury-shielded” interpretation from “congressionally reversible” implementation.63×63. Henry P. Monaghan, The Supreme Court, 1974 Term — Foreword: Constitutional Common Law, 89 Harv. L. Rev. 1, 31 (1975); see Michigan v. Tucker, 417 U.S. 433, 439 (1974); Grano, supra note 4, at 175–76. Yet Dickerson belied this dichotomy by declaring 18 U.S.C. § 3501 unconstitutional in defense of the “prophylactic” Miranda rights.64×64. Dickerson v. United States, 530 U.S. 428, 432, 444 (2000). Congress enacted § 3501 to effectively overrule Miranda and reinstate voluntariness as “the touchstone of admissibility.” Id. at 436; see id. at 435–37. Thus, while the dissent criticized the court for “contraven[ing]” and “rewriting” the Fifth Amendment,65×65. Tekoh, 997 F.3d at 1265 (Bumatay, J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc). its severance of prophylactic rules from constitutional rights is itself a judicial creation.

In fact, prophylactic rules are commonly accepted as constitutionally required in several other areas of constitutional law. In the First Amendment context, for example, Professor David Strauss notes that the “unquestioned” presumption that content-based restrictions are unconstitutional is a prophylactic rule, since it “forbids some restrictions on speech that . . . do not offend against the central values of the First Amendment.”66×66. Strauss, supra note 6, at 964. One example Strauss cites is a city banning pro-life — but not labor — picketing near hospitals based on an objective likelihood of violence rather than subjective disapproval.67×67. Id. at 963–64. Applying the Tekoh dissent’s logic would find this regulation to violate no constitutional right, despite firm consensus stating otherwise, since the core constitutional right of protection from government hostility to speech remains unviolated.68×68. See id. at 964 (citing Police Dep’t of Chi. v. Mosley, 408 U.S. 92 (1972)). In the Miranda context, scholars are split as to how the Court’s authority on decision rules may extend past “core” constitutional meaning. Compare Mitchell N. Berman, Constitutional Decision Rules, 90 Va. L. Rev. 1, 132 (2004) (asserting that the Miranda rule is “designed to reduce adjudicatory error”), with Stephen E. Sachs, Originalism: Standard and Procedure, 135 Harv. L. Rev. 777, 814 (2022) (arguing that Professor Mitchell Berman’s approach “assumes the Court wasn’t bound by preexisting rules of evidence and procedure”). Professor Susan Klein likewise demonstrates accepted prophylaxis in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence with the per se warrant requirement, which states a rebuttable presumption that “searches conducted without a judicial warrant are per se unreasonable.”69×69. Susan R. Klein, Identifying and (Re)Formulating Prophylactic Rules, Safe Harbors, and Incidental Rights in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 99 Mich. L. Rev. 1030, 1038 (2001). Overprotection results when reasonable, but warrantless, searches are found to violate the Fourth Amendment, yet this rule remains a staple in the Supreme Court’s search-and-seizure analysis.70×70. See, e.g., Carpenter v. United States, 138 S. Ct. 2206, 2221 (2018). Under the dissent’s logic, however, violating these mainstream constitutional rules would not result in § 1983 liability, despite the Supreme Court holding otherwise.71×71. See Mosley, 408 U.S. at 93–94, 101–02 (affirming § 1983 liability based on content-based restrictions); Groh v. Ramirez, 540 U.S. 551, 555, 564–65 (2004) (affirming § 1983 liability based on the per se warrant requirement). Some Justices argued that these rules strayed from the literal meaning of the Constitution, but — as in the Miranda context — only in nonmajority opinions. See Mosley, 408 U.S. at 103 (Burger, C.J., concurring); Groh, 540 U.S. at 572 (Thomas, J., dissenting). The Court’s prophylactic rulemaking for other constitutional provisions thus eases the supposed “tension in the Court’s jurisprudence” regarding constitutional prophylaxis.72×72. Tekoh, 997 F.3d at 1262 (Miller, J., concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc).

In reaching its conclusion that Miranda is a prophylactic rule but not a constitutional right, the dissent misinterpreted the Dickerson majority while overinterpreting the Supreme Court’s pluralities and concurrences. The dissent first described how Dickerson announced Miranda as only a “constitutional rule,” not a “constitutional right” as required by § 1983, and then pointed to Chavez and Patane as confirming the prophylactic understanding of Miranda.73×73. Id. at 1270–71 (Bumatay, J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc). It erred at both steps. First, the dissent created a distinction without a difference between a rule creating a right and the right itself for § 1983 enforcement purposes, thus playing the “word games” that Justice Scalia denounced.74×74. Dickerson v. United States, 530 U.S. 428, 454 (2000) (Scalia, J., dissenting). Second, it aggrandized Chavez and Patane by misapplying the rule in Marks v. United States,75×75. 430 U.S. 188 (1977). which requires lower courts to follow the Court’s pluralities “on the narrowest grounds” of the concurring Justices.76×76. Id. at 193 (quoting Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, 169 n.15 (1976) (plurality opinion)). In his Chavez concurrence, Justice Souter noted that “[t]he question whether the absence of Miranda warnings may be a basis for a § 1983 action under any circumstance [was] not before the Court.”77×77. Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760, 779 n.* (2003) (Souter, J., concurring in the judgment). Likewise, as Judge Wardlaw argued, Justice Kennedy’s concurrence in Patane omitted any relevant discussion of Miranda.78×78. Tekoh v. County of Los Angeles, 985 F.3d 713, 721–22 (9th Cir. 2021). None of the “narrowest grounds” from Chavez and Patane could therefore include limiting Miranda on the basis of prophylaxis. The dissent thus erroneously narrowed the Supreme Court’s earlier majority opinions by exaggerating its later plurality and concurring opinions.

Though the dissent did not carry the day, its error nevertheless risks limiting constitutional remedies. Dissents from denials of rehearing en banc have become more prevalent in the Supreme Court’s docket and have been described as “judicial petitions for certiorari.”79×79. Marsha S. Berzon, Dissents, “Dissentals,” and Decision Making, 100 Calif. L. Rev. 1479, 1491 (2012); Jeremy D. Horowitz, Not Taking “No” for an Answer: An Empirical Assessment of Dissents from Denial of Rehearing En Banc, 102 Geo. L.J. 59, 83 fig.3 (2013) (charting the increasing percentage of cases with such dissents in the Supreme Court’s oral argument docket); Andrew Wallender & Madison Alder, Ninth Circuit Conservatives Use Muscle to Signal Supreme Court, Bloomberg L. (Dec. 8, 2021, 4:45 AM), https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/ninth-circuit-conservatives-use-muscle-to-signal-supreme-court [https://perma.cc/7DRS-RC46] (noting the increasing number of dissents from denials of rehearing en banc within the Ninth Circuit). In his recently granted petition for certiorari, Vega cites “the seven-judge dissent” over ten times.80×80. Petition for a Writ of Certiorari at 10–13, 17, 22–23, 25, Vega v. Tekoh, 142 S. Ct. 858 (2022) (mem.) (No. 21-499). Thus, the stage is amply set for the Supreme Court to consider — and perhaps adopt in majority fashion — the dissent’s position. More immediately, a Ninth Circuit panel reckoned with Miranda’s prophylactic nature just three months after Tekoh in Chavez v. Robinson.81×81. 12 F.4th 978 (9th Cir. 2021). In her majority opinion, Judge Ikuta, a fellow Tekoh dissenter, reasserted that Miranda rights are prophylactic and concluded that one “may use the privilege only defensively as a shield, and may not wield it as a sword in an action for damages.”82×82. Id. at 992. The dissent’s logic could chill constitutional remedies even outside of the § 1983 context as well. In addition to Strauss and Klein’s examples, habeas corpus rights that hinge on Miranda violations, as Judge Miller discussed,83×83. Tekoh, 997 F.3d at 1262 (Miller, J., concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc). could also be deemed prophylactic and thus unprotected by the Constitution, given the parallel statutory text between § 1983 and the federal habeas statutes.84×84. For an example of such an argument, see William A. Schroeder, Federal Habeas Review of State Prisoner Claims Based on Alleged Violations of Prophylactic Rules of Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Reviving and Extending Stone v. Powell, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 231, 242–59 (2011). Though found only in dissent, the prophylactic language of Tekoh may limit remedies at the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, and beyond.

As Justice Kennedy stated in his Chavez concurrence, “[i]t damages the law, and the vocabulary with which we impart our legal tradition from one generation to the next, to downgrade our understanding of what the Fifth Amendment requires.”85×85. Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760, 794 (2003) (Kennedy, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part). The Tekoh dissent, though nonbinding, leaves constitutional remedies vulnerable to such damage. The dissent’s vocabulary of prophylaxis, while supported by a plurality of Justices in Chavez and Patane, is unmoored from the Constitution and threatens not only § 1983 liability for Fifth Amendment claims, but also any other “prophylactic” remedies affiliated with the Constitution. “Words, words, words” though they may be,86×86. William Shakespeare, Hamlet act II, sc. 2, l. 192 (George Richard Hibbard ed., Oxford Univ. Press 1987) (1603). the dissent’s taxonomy limits the remedies available for constitutional violations, chipping away at the foundation of Miranda and Dickerson.