Ernesto Arturo Miranda is the subject of the Miranda Warning, or Miranda Rights law. Ernesto Miranda was convicted of multiple crimes without being told he had a right to council or the right to remain silent. His conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court. He was eventually retried and convicted, but the net outcome was that the Miranda Warning is read to all individuals who are being arrested, detained or interrogated in the U.S.
You’ve all heard it – the Miranda Warning is read on almost every cop show on television or in the movies:
1. You have the right to remain silent
2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
3. You have the right to talk to a lawyer and have him present with you while you are being questioned.
4. If you can not afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent you before any questioning if you wish.
5. You can decide at any time to exercise these rights and not answer any questions or make any statements.
Do you understand each of these rights as I have explained to you? Having these rights in mind, do you wish to talk to us now?
Most of us can recite the majority of these rights off the tops of our heads, but few of us know why and how the law originated.
Want more info on the Miranda Warning? Click here to visit the Miranda Rights Organization website, or visit them directly at: http://www.mirandarights.org
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