Miranda v. Arizona

By: Hannah & Madeline

The Definition

  • Miranda v. Arizona: Miranda was arrested at his home and taken in custody to a police station where he was identified by the complaining witness. He was then interrogated by two police officers for two hours, which resulted in a signed, written confession. At trial, the oral and written confessions were presented to the jury. Miranda was found guilty of kidnapping and rape and was sentenced to 20-30 years imprisonment on each count. On appeal, the Supreme Court of Arizona held that Miranda’s constitutional rights were not violated in obtaining the confession.
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The fifth amendment rights against self incrimination was argues. His lawyer argued that he didn't know his right and the police didn't inform him of them.
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The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Supreme Court of Arizona on Miranda's case. After Miranda’s conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court, the State of Arizona retried him. At the second trial, Miranda’s confession was not introduced into evidence. Miranda was once again convicted and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison.


Facts and Case Summary - Miranda v. Arizona. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2015, from http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/facts-and-case-summary-miranda-v-arizona