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Ernest Miranda

Life Of Crime, Criminal Justice, Earl Warren, Miranda Rights, Final Justice

Born March 9, 1940 (Mesa, Arizona)

Died January 31, 1976 (Phoenix, Arizona)

Robber, rapist, murderer

Ernesto Miranda was a career criminal whose name became familiar to every American following a Supreme Court decision that created what became known as the Miranda Rights. Miranda's conviction in an Arizona court in 1963 would be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966. In Miranda v. Arizona the Court determined Miranda's Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination had been violated during a police interrogation. This Court decision was one of several important rulings identifying legal safeguards for defendants in the criminal justice system.

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."

The beginning of the Miranda Rights

For More Information


Baker, Liva. Miranda: Crime, Law and Politics. New York: Atheneum, 1983.

Cushman, Clare, ed. The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789–1993. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1993.

Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Leo, Richard A., and George C. Thomas III, eds. The Miranda Debate: Law, Justice and Policing. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 1998.

Mauro, Tony. Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2000.

Web Site

"Ernesto Miranda." Doney & Associates Lawyers. http://www.doney.net/aroundaz/celebrity/miranda_ernesto.htm (accessed on August 15, 2004).

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationCrime and Criminal Law