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Miranda v. Arizona

How To Use Milestones In The Law

In the opinions* and briefs* that follow, the reader is invited to explore the issue of interrogation of criminal suspects and the question of when a suspect's confession to a crime should be admitted at trial. As you read this section, you may wish to consider the following questions:

  • Why does the Constitution protect a criminal suspect from being a witness against himself or herself?
  • Under what circumstances could a police officer ask an individual questions about a crime without having to give the person the Miranda warnings?
  • What is the purpose of the right to counsel?

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