CJS 210 Week 5 DQ 2 - 7490

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The Miranda ruling is important for the police to understand because it established that a defendant in a criminal case has to be made aware of their rights or any evidence or statements obtained may be suppressable by the court. The theory behind this is that it is not only important that a person have rights, but also that they are aware of them and can make a full and knowing waiver if they choose to talk to the police.

 

In 1963, Ernesto Miranda was accused of kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old, mildly retarded woman. He was brought in for questioning, and confessed to the crime. He was not told that he did not have to speak or that he could have a lawyer present. At trial, Miranda's lawyer tried to get the confession thrown out, but the motion was denied. In 1966, the case came in front of the Supreme Court. The Court ruled that the statements made to the police could not be used as evidence, since Miranda had not been advised of his rights. If the police were to not read a suspect his Miranda Warning, the suspect could possibly walk free based on a 'technicality'.

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The Miranda ruling is important for the police to understand because it established that a defendant in a criminal case has to be made aware of their rights or any evidence or statements obtained may be suppressab