Essay On Miranda Rights

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CJA 301

The Miranda rights have been established to provide suspected criminals their rights upon being arrested. By being read these rights, the criminals know what they are entitled to, such as the right to remain silent and to obtaining an attorney (Prentzas, 2005). However, in recent years many terrorist suspects have not been read these rights and it has come to the point that many people, lawmakers and officials believe that they should not be entitled to the rights that are drawn out in the Miranda warnings. As these terrorist suspects are innocent until proven guilty, are no different than any other criminals, and have the Fifth and Sixth Amendments backing them up, they should be guaranteed the rights given by the Miranda warnings.
The Miranda rights are essentially police warnings given to criminal suspects in custody and at times, before arrest, in the United States of America. This does not mean that police need to give Miranda warnings for questions regarding a person’s addresses, names or any other biographical
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Supreme Court case that birthed the Miranda rights (Sonneborn, 2003), the criminal suspects that are denied their Miranda rights are essentially denied their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights. The Fifth Amendment protects criminals from abuse of government authority, while the Sixth Amendment enables the person to have a fair trial, be informed of what he is being accused of, have witnesses come up for and against him, all in front of an impartial judge. If these rights are inherent to the United States of America, especially in regard to criminal proceedings, then they should be as such to any criminal offender, including one being accused of terrorist activity. In a country that prides itself on its fair criminal proceedings and trials, age-old Amendments should not be violated over the type of suspected criminal that someone
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