WASHINGTON -- Is it illegal to refuse to tell police your name?
That's a topic being debated by the Supreme Court.
The justices heard arguments Monday in a first-of-its kind case that asks whether people can be punished for refusing to identify themselves.
The court took up the appeal of a Nevada cattle rancher who was arrested after he told a deputy that he had done nothing wrong and didn't have to reveal his name or show an ID during an encounter on a rural highway four years ago.
Larry Hiibel, 59, was prosecuted based on his silence and finds himself at the center of a major privacy rights battle.
The case will clarify police powers, determining whether law enforcement officials can demand to see identification whenever they deem it necessary.
Justices are revisiting their 1968 decision that said police may briefly detain someone on reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, without the stronger standard of probable cause, to get more information.
In other news Monday, the court:
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