Miranda Rights

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“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you…” These words have been used during arrests since the late 1960’s, although most people are familiar with the first line, “You have the right to remain silent,” the rest of the speech is essential to making an arrest. The Miranda rights, or Miranda warnings, are rights printed on cards that are read by police officers before arrests. These warnings come from a famous case in 1966 called Miranda v. Arizona, in which a man was arrested without knowing his rights. This is a direct violation of the Constitution because he wasn’t told…show more content…
Prior to this, his girlfriend, Twila Hoffman, had her car’s license recognized by a rape victim’s brother. The victim, Ann Jameson, recognized Ernesto in a police lineup a few days later as the man who assaulted her (Landmark Cases of the Supreme Court, Ernesto Miranda). He was officially charged for robbery, kidnapping, and rape of a handicapped woman. (Legal Cultural Literacy Test, Ernesto Miranda) After being identified, Ernesto was interrogated for two hours until finally signing a confession. (United States Courts, Facts and Case Summary - Miranda v. Arizona) Yet, during his interrogation he was not aware of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, the right to remain silent and the right to a lawyer, despite what his written and signed confession stated. (Cornell Legal Information Institute Fifth…show more content…
He only served a third of his sentence and, after requesting five times, he received parole in 1972. Eventually he returned to jail for different crimes. (http://www.nndb.com/people/596/000125221/) While working as a delivery driver, he made a living by autographing Miranda Warnings for 1.50$ after prison. At the age of 34 he was declared dead in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. The cause of death was a stab wound, which happened during a bar fight in 1976, ten years after the Supreme Court ruling.

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