Miranda v. Arizona

(1966-1967)

Facts on the case:

This case represents the combining of four cases, in each of which the defendant confessed guilty after being subjected to a variety of interrogation techniques without being informed of his Fifth Amendment Rights during the interrogation.

Overall Summary:

On march 13, 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested in his house and brought to the police station where he was then questioned by officers in connection with a kidnapping and rape. After two hours of interrogation, the police received a written confession from Miranda. The written confession was written confession was taken into evidence at trial despite the objection of the defense attorney and the fact that the police admitted that they had not advised Miranda of his right to have an attorney present during the interrogation. The jury found Miranda guilty. On appeal, the Supreme Cout of Arizona affirmed and held that Miranda's constitutional rights were not violated because he did not specifically request a lawyer.