Court Cases of the 20th Century

Miranda v. Arizona

Miranda v. Arizona

Miranda was arrested at his home, and charged rape and kidnapping.
March 1, 1966 - June 13, 1966


Case Summary

Miranda was arrested from his home and taken to the police station. He was brutally interrogated by multiple police officers before taken to court. He was tried and convicted for kidnapping and rape. 20-30 years in prison for each charge.

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Miranda's mug shots after he was taken into custody of the police.


Ernesto Miranda

(March 9, 1941 – January 31, 1976) was a laborer whose conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges based on his confession under police interrogation was set aside in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case (Miranda v. Arizona), which ruled that criminal suspects must be informed of their right against self-incrimination and their right to consult with an attorney prior to questioning by police. This warning is known as a Miranda warning.

After the Supreme Court decision set aside Miranda's initial conviction, the state of Arizona retried him. At the second trial, with his confession excluded from evidence, he was again convicted.