Miranda Law: The Right to Remain Silent

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THE MIRANDA RULE

Ernesto Arthur Miranda lived the life of a classic career criminal. It was brief and brutal, and he spent much of it shut away from society.

During his life of crime he did nothing to set himself apart from the ordinary violent criminal. It was fate that turned him into the key figure in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.

Fate also turned Miranda's name into a three-syllable word repeated thousands of times in newspaper headlines and television shows, as in [Did you read them their Miranda rights?] It even got turned into a verb: [Yes, the suspects have been Mirandized.] Miranda himself became so famous that people paid him for his autograph.

When you make a timeline of the events in Miranda's life, they look like stepping-stones on his own personal road to ruin. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He was fourteen when he got nabbed for his first serious crime. That was in 1954. He'd just graduated from eighth grade when he was caught stealing a car in Phoenix.

Auto theft is a felony, a crime punishable by a year or more in jail. But this was Miranda's first felony conviction, so the judge sentenced him to a period of probation instead. During this time Miranda would remain free only as long as he behaved himself.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • One - The Miranda Rule 7
  • Two - You Have the Right to Remain Silent 18
  • Three - You Have the Right to Counsel 33
  • Four - Filling the Case 55
  • Five - The Oral Arguments 64
  • Six - The Ruling 77
  • Seven - Reactions to the Ruling 91
  • Eight - Exception and Extensions 97
  • Nine - Miranda is Challenged 107
  • Ten - Miranda Today 113
  • Notes 129
  • Further Information 135
  • Bibliography 137
  • Index 139
  • About the Author 144
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