The Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man who had not been informed of his right to remain silent and to have counsel appointed for him. It also created guidelines for the police in advising suspects of their rights.
Chief Justice Earl Warren
Two years earlier in Malloy v. Hogan
Miranda was the most advanced step the Court took in defending those accused of crimes, and it provoked an outpouring of criticism that the Court was soft on crime. At the same time, scholars and others charge that the opinion did not go far enough in defending the rights of the accused. On balance, no hard evidence exists that law enforcement is less effective because of Miranda, but some Court decisions have restricted Miranda, and some possibility of its being overturned exists.
American Civil Liberties Union
Bill of Rights
Counsel, right to
Escobedo v. Illinois
Gideon v. Wainwright
Malloy v. Hogan
Self-incrimination, immunity against