The 4-3 ruling on Wednesday stems from a case involving a minor who was stopped by a Cleveland police officer while driving without a valid license. The minor later told police about his role in a robbery and waived his constitutional rights.
The minor's attorneys argued his statement shouldn't have been admitted into evidence because police didn't provide him with a lawyer first. They cited a part of state law that requires juveniles to have legal counsel "at all stages of proceedings" in a delinquency case.
The majority opinion says the term "proceedings" doesn't include investigatory action.