The Rights Of The Supreme Court

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You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law...” These famous words, so often heard in movies and television shows as a character is arrested, are well known to Americans. But why are law enforcement officials mandated to repeat this to individuals they arrest? Where did it come from? In Miranda V. Arizona, a case taken all the way to the Supreme Court in 1966, it was decided that constitutional rights must be made clear to the defendant at time of arrest in order for any information received during interrogations to be used as evidence in court and to ensure the rights of the accused are protected throughout the entire process throughout the legal system (Gaines & Miller, 2014). As such, the Supreme Court ruling also addressed similar issues in three other cases combined in with Miranda V. Arizona: Vignera V. New York, Westover V. United States, and California V. Stewart (United States Courts, 2014). The rulings of these cases combined has left a legacy in the legal system that continues on today across the country, as seen in the ruling of a 2011 murder case in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Ohio. In March 1963, Arizona resident Ernesto Miranda was arrested in his home in relation to kidnapping, rape, and robbery. He was taken to a police station in Phoenix, and identified by a witness before undergoing interrogation. Miranda was not advised of his constitutional rights, and within two hours, officers…

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