June 13, 1966: Miranda Rights are Created
On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona (1966). In a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, The Court ruled that all detained criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional right to an attorney and against self-incrimination, prior to police questioning.
As a result, the Supreme Court devised statements that police are required to tell a defendant who is being detained and interrogated. Since the ruling, reciting the Miranda Rights has become standard police procedure.
Learn more about Miranda v. Arizona (1966) and other landmark Supreme Court cases.
Photos: U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. Taken by Carol M. Highsmith. (Library of Congress). U. S. Supreme Court Justices, 1953. Photograph. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, (102) , (Library of Congress)