Most of us have heard the phrase 'miranda rights or warnings' through movies or tv shows but did you ever wonder about the real story behind it? Miranda rights were established in 1966 following the court case of Miranda v. Arizona.
Where Did the Phrase Miranda Rights Come From? - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. Most of us have heard the phrase 'miranda rights or warnings' through movies or tv shows but did you ever wonder about the real story behind it? Miranda rights were established in 1966 following the court case of Miranda v. Arizona. Ernesto Miranda was arrested after he was charged with kidnapping and rape. After hours of police interrogation, he signed a confession but his conviction was overturned because he was never informed of his rights before the questioning began. And from there on, miranda warnings were established to made suspects aware of their rights when they are arrested. Miranda warning guidelines state a suspect must be told that they have the right to remain silent, anything the suspect says is admissible in court, and lastly they have the right to an attorney and one is assigned to them if they cannot afford one. The Miranda warnings are taken so seriously in law enforcement that if the suspect speaks a different language or is deaf, an interpreter or other alternative methods are used to explain the rights. Some jurisdictions require a police officer to ask the suspect if they understand their rights after every sentence! Other countries have their own versions - some more detailed, like in France where suspects are also made aware of their rights to see a doctor. As for Ernesto Miranda, he was later re-tried and convicted. Sometime after his prison sentence, he was stabbed to death in a bar.