The Miranda Warning Essay

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The Miranda Warning

The Miranda Warning
For the past decade, many Right Wing organizations have sort to change many of the laws,
governing our rights and freedom. These laws were passed by congress and upheld by the
Supreme Court. The Miranda Warning is one of these laws. The Miranda Warning is intended
to protect the guilty as well as the innocent and should be protected at all costs.
Without the law, many suspects may be treated unfairly. It is a necessary safeguard.

Miranda is a ruling which says that the accused have the right to remain silent and
prosecutors may not use statements made by them while in police custody, unless the police
advice them of their rights. In other words, a police officer must inform a suspect of
this fundamental right, under the Fifth Amendment, at the time of their arrest and or
interrogation. Miranda protect ignorant suspects from incriminating themselves.

Miranda also protects suspects from overzealous police officers. Although most
law-enforcement agents in the United States are decent men and women, some abuse their
power. They may try to coerce suspects into giving false confessions. Time and time again,
we read of cases where suspects were forced to make confessions because an overzealous or
prejudiced police officers want to close a case. The story of Rubin Hurricane Carter, made
popular by the motion picture of the same name, demonstrated how lives could be destroyed
when vindictive and manipulating detectives abuse their power. The Miranda Warning helps
keep abuses in check. If the law is used correctly, the guilty would receive their due
punishment. When police officers inform suspects of their rights before interrogation, it
is very unlikely that the judge presiding over any case would throw out statements made
during questioning.

Many high ranking law enforcement agents around the country support the Miranda Warning
rule because it is a necessary safeguard; it helps and does not hinders the judicial
process. William J. Bratton former police commissioner for the New York City Police
Department said, "Miranda works at a minimal social cost. The Supreme Court should
reaffirm a decision that has served this country well."

I believe that the Miranda warning protects all citizens, guilty and innocent, victim and
perpetrator, from unscrupulous officers. The law was designed to insure that the statement
given is voluntary and not extracted by force or coercion. Many courts including the
Supreme Court have made thousands of decisions using the Miranda ruling without any
indication that the law was unconstitutional or benefit criminals. Miranda is one of the
few laws in this country that seems to work for everyone.






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