13 Jun: You Have The Right To Remain Silent

The famous US police warning to suspects that begins “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” dates back to a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court on June 13th, 1966.

Known as the Miranda rights, or Miranda warnings, the case of Ernesto Miranda, who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and rape, reached the highest court in the land because of his lawyers’ contention that he had not been properly made aware of his rights.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly discuss how a relatively unremarkable (though very serious) case came to have huge nationwide implications; detail the strange way Miranda made money after he got out of prison; and examine the bitter irony of Miranda’s own death at the hands of a fellow prison inmate…

Further Reading:

• ‘Miranda Rights: Your Rights of Silence’ (ThoughtCo, 2022): https://www.thoughtco.com/miranda-rights-your-rights-of-silence-3320117

• ‘The Miranda rights are established’ (History.com, 2009): https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-miranda-rights-are-established 

• ‘Do You Know Your Miranda Rights? | Debunker’ (NBC, 2017):


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