For 50 Years, You’ve Had “The Right to Remain Silent”
So why do so many suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit?
"You have the right to remain silent." We know that line. It’s the first of the Miranda warnings, named for Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court decision that required them 50 years ago last week.
In 1966, false confessions seemed like a rare problem. Fifty years later, we’ve seen hundreds of exonerations of innocent defendants who confessed to terrible crimes after they received Miranda warnings. It’s a good time to take stock. Read more here.