Miranda v. Arizona

(1966)

As presided over by Chief Justice Earl Warren until mid-1969, the U.S. Supreme Court dramatically reshaped the nation's criminal justice system in the 1960s, broadly interpreting rights that the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution afford persons accused of crimes. Through the process of selective incorporation, the Court used the Fourteenth Amendment to apply to the states those elements of these amendments that historically restricted federal but not state infringement of federal rights. Miranda v. Arizona, decided in 1966, is a major landmark in the Warren...

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Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the Court's decision in Miranda v. Arizona. (Library of Congress)

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