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Do not let the Miranda rule become a farce

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Ernesto Miranda (r). (Image from State Department’s website).

Miranda v. Arizona,384 U.S. 436 (1966), is sacrosanct, at least until the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that criminal suspects must speak in order to assert their right not to speak. Berghuis v. Thompkins, ___ U.S. ___ (June 1, 2010).

As talented as the above-displayed Carmen Miranda may have been, it is never the right time to replace her inconsequential (in the scheme of things) singing and dancing for the weighty Constitutional implications presented by Ernesto Miranda in Miranda v. Arizona.  

Jon Katz – Criminal defense and DWI defense lawyer practicing in Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond. 301-495-7755. https://katzjustice.com