In the history of Supreme Court jurisprudence, there is perhaps no greater rights that has been drilled into the minds of the public than those of the “Miranda Warning”. From movies to television shows, Law and Order to CSI, no phrase is more ubiquitous in cop dramas than the warnings enshrined in Miranda. However, these warnings, in their ubiquity are not fully understood by the American public. Such ignorance; the very reason why the Supreme Court enshrined these rights, has proven the warnings ineffective at actually informing suspects of what their rights actually mean.
What is a Miranda Warning
The Miranda warning developed from the 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona. In this landmark decision the Supreme Court consolidated four cases of individuals who, during police interrogations, where not specifically informed of either their fifth amendment right to remain silent, their sixth amendment right to counsel, or both of these rights. All four cases also involved suspects who sat through between two and fourteen hours of police interrogations before they confessed.