6.13.2006

 

PWTU in History: Miranda's Warning

Part Seven of PWTU's Ongoing Series

Remember the good ol' days when cops could arrest someone, interrogate them without pesky lawyers around for hours, fabricate evidence, lie, and basically do and say whatever they wanted in order to get a suspect to confess? If your answer is "yes" then you must have been born long before 1966 (or you live in the south). That year-- on this day, in fact!-- a handful of United States Supreme Court activist judges decided to insist that all suspects be informed of their so-called "constitutional rights" prior to being questioned by police.

Miranda himself is long dead by now, but his legacy lives on in the form of the "Miranda warning" all suspects are to be read prior to questioning by police. And we at PWTU applaud this legacy, all joking aside: everyone, even scumbags, should at least know what their rights are. The frustrating thing is that this guy, this poster-child for police-restraint and constitutional rights, was a total slimeball who actually deserved to be in prison! Making things worse, it turns out that Mr. Ernesto Miranda (above left) bears a disturbing resemblance to our hero Al Franken. How disturbing.

Regardless of all that, though, 40-years ago today some cops predicted that the High Court's decision would make it easier for guilty persons to go free. Instead, the Miranda warning has proven to be great fodder for network crime dramas, which is probably the real reason we at PWTU are so fond of it.

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