Happy Anniversary Miranda v. Arizona

Today is the 45th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). On June 13, 1966, in a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice Warren, the Court held:

[T]he prosecution may not use statements, whether exculpatory or inculpatory, stemming from custodial interrogation of the defendant unless it demonstrates the use of procedural safeguards effective to secure the privilege against self-incrimination. . . .   As for the procedural safeguards to be employed, unless other fully effective means are devised to inform accused persons of their right of silence and to assure a continuous opportunity to exercise it, the following measures are required. Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him, and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed. . . .

384 U.S. at 444.