Miranda Rights - Mandatory legal advice required
by law to be read by authorized law enforcement officer when apprehending a
suspect of a crime.
"You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If
you can not afford an attorney, an attorney will be appointed to you. If you
give up this right anything you say can and will be used against you in the
court of law. Do you understand these rights?"
The Miranda Rights were based on a 1966 precedent setting legal case (Miranda
v. Arizona) that focused on a suspect named Miranda who had confessed to a crime
without being told he had the right to an lawyer.
In a reversal of his Arizona conviction, US Supreme Court Chief Justice
Warren ruled that evidence (Miranda's confession) could not be introduced unless
the defendant had been informed of his right to an attorney.
TRIVIA NOTE: On episode "Switched at Birth" of
the sci-fi sitcom WEIRD SCIENCE bully older brother Chett (Lee Tergesen) advises
teenager Gary Wallace (John Mallory Asher) of his rights saying "You have the
right to beg for mercy. You have the right to a speedy butt-kick. My fists can
and will be used against you. If you choose to scream, your scream will not be
heard above the sound of my laughter."
In the action adventure film Cobra (1986) Sylvester Stallone as police
detective Marian Cobretti says "You have the right to remain silent" and then
tosses a lit match onto the gasoline soaked body of a gunman who tried to kill
And while struggling to cuff a suspect in the film Lethal Weapon 4
(1998), a black detective (Chris Rock) says "You have the right to remain
silent...You have the right to an attorney. And if you get Johnny Cochrane, I'll
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