Miranda v. Arizona(1966)
Miranda v. Arizona speaks to many audiences. First, the justices address one another. In the majority opinion, Warren often writes to answer or head off objections drawn by the dissenters, just as those objections speak directly to the Court's holding. Warren also replies to concerns of Justice William Brennan, who joined him in the majority, in issuing the invitation to Congress and the states to continue their efforts to develop criminal law. Those legislative bodies are a second audience addressed by the document. A third audience, also governmental, is larger: police...
Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the Court's decision in Miranda v. Arizona. (Library of Congress)View Full Size