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United States Supreme Court

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At a Glance

  • The 1966 Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona consolidates four cases involving individual protections against police coercion and self-incrimination in relation to the Constitution's 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments.
  • Miranda uses precedents (previous decisions) to establish that 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination applies in both state and federal courts. Miranda also extends 5th Amendment protections beyond the courthouse and into police station procedures.
  • Miranda extends the 6th Amendment guarantee of right to counsel by viewing the right to counsel during in-custody police questioning as part of the 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination.
  • Miranda was controversial when it was handed down in a 5–4 decision with four justices dissenting. The dissenting justices argued that the 14th Amendment's due process clause—general legal rights granted by the Constitution—is enough protection for individuals' rights while in police custody. However, in Dickerson v. United States (2000), the Supreme Court did not overrule Miranda.
  • Part of a much larger movement to protect citizens' civil liberties throughout the 1960s, Miranda continues to serve as an important check between government power and citizens' rights. Miranda balances the rule of law with the safeguards provided to all citizens in the Bill of Rights. The four safeguards, commonly known as Miranda rights, are read in the Miranda warning to suspects whom police intend to interrogate.


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