Miranda Turns 50

“You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.  You have the right to have an attorney present.  If you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided for you free of cost.”  When the United States Supreme Court handed down this decision in June 1966 it was a land mark case.  The court’s decision sent shock waves through law enforcement communities.  Initially the case was perceived by many to be a major victory for criminal defendants.  In reality it was a compromise that attempted to balance a suspect’s constitutional rights with society’s interest in preventing and solving crime. The Legal BackDrop Two years before its decision in Miranda, the United States Supreme… read more →