In 1966, the Supreme Court forever changed the police interrogation process when they decided on the case of Miranda v. Arizona. Ernesto Miranda confessed to kidnapping in Arizona after hours of interrogation in which he was unaware of his right to remain silent. According to the Supreme Court’s decision, the confession was inadmissible because police failed to inform him of this right.
This video explains what police are required to say to a defendant according to the Miranda v. Arizona decision. Not only does an officer have to state that a defendant has the right to remain silent, but he or she also needs to explain that anything said could be used against the defendant in court. In some states, police are required to ask if the defendant understands these rights before proceeding with questioning.
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