Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What Are Miranda Rights?

  

To fans of television cop dramas, the Miranda warning has a familiar ring:

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."

It goes on: "You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you."  
Miranda rights have been read to nearly all persons arrested in the United States since 1966 — but because of one critical exception, they won't be read to the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

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