Revelations Without Justice : Miranda V. Arizona Essay

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Revelations without Justice

Miranda v. Arizona is a case that changed American history. Because of this case officers were obligated to exercise the defendant’s Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights with no hesitations. In 1955, Ernesto Miranda was convicted to serve a term of thirty years in the Arizona State Prison Farm for the raping and assault of 18-year-old Rebecca Ann Johnson. During his arrest Miranda was taken into custody and was never told that he had the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, and that anything he said could and would be used against him in a court of law. Because of this, the Fifth and Sixth Amendments were enforced during every arrest. Ernesto Miranda was retried and later convicted without the admission of his confession. In the outcome of the case, the Court supported that the defendant’s right against self-incrimination has been part of the Anglo- American law for a long time in order to balance vulnerability attributed in being confined (McBride). As a result of this case, people accused of a crime are entitled to be read their rights.

Miranda’s criminal career began during his early adolescent years. His first arrest, for auto theft was in the summer of 1954 after completing his eighth grade year (Riley 39). He served time in the Arizona State Industrial School for Boys for burglary and was later arrested for assault and rape after returning back home in December (39). On March 13, 1963, Miranda was asked by officers, Cooley and…

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