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March 13, 1963 – June 13, 1966
This online publication, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark decision Miranda v. Arizona, compiles a collection of materials which includes exchanges among key stakeholders from the time of the trial, a few of whom are now historical figures of great renown. The decision was transformative and significantly impacted law enforcement practices, namely interrogation, throughout the United States. The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 majority, held that statements made by a defendant at the point of interrogation were only admissible if prosecution could demonstrate that s/he was made aware of a bundle of rights—the right to legal counsel, the right against self-incrimination, and the understanding of these rights, among others. This online publication also includes a global perspective: on the occasion of the commemoration of this landmark decision, the Law Library of Congress Global Legal Research Center has prepared a report that examines Miranda-like warnings that are in place in jurisdictions throughout the world. Letters, memos, and even rare postcards capture the archival temperament of the era, as well as interviews and educational materials that reflect upon the case and its impact then and now.
Earl Warren, Notes concerning the Miranda Decision, Miranda v. Arizona (1966), Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
Last Updated: 08/15/2016