Miranda v. Arizona
United States Supreme Court
384 U.S. 436 (1966)
This case combines four cases. In each case, the defendants, pursuant to police interrogation, made self-incriminating statements which were introduced at trial. Each defendant was found guilty. Miranda (defendant) was convicted of kidnapping and rape. He was taken into the police station for questioning and was interrogated by two officers. Miranda was never informed of his right to have counsel present. After two hours, Miranda confessed to the crimes and signed a written statement. Over Miranda’s objections, the trial court allowed the officers to testify to Miranda’s oral confession and the written statement was introduced into evidence. The state supreme court affirmed the conviction, holding that Miranda’s constitutional rights were not violated because he never specifically requested counsel.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Warren, C.J.)
Dissent (Harlan, J.)
Dissent (White, J.)
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