Miranda V. Arizona: The Rights of the Accused

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The Rosen Publishing Group, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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"You have the right to remain silent." It's a phrase that significantly changed the rights of the accused. Ernesto Miranda, a poor Mexican immigrant was arrested for kidnapping and rape in 1963. After two hours of interrogation, Miranda signed a confession. Though he was convicted and sentenced to sixty years, it was shown that police never told Miranda about his Fifth Amendment rights: his right to counsel, and his right not to incriminate himself. Miranda appealed.

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Good facts on the case. And very informed

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No, Ernesto A. Miranda was not an immigrant, and the book doesn't say so; he was born in Arizona, U.S.A. No, he was not sentenced to 60 years, and the book doesn't say so; he was sentenced to 20 to 30 years for each of two crimes, the sentences to run concurrently, and another 20 to 25 years for stealing eight dollars, that sentence to run concurrently with the other two. No matter how you add it up, that can't be more than 30 years. Bad summary, good book. 

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Liz Sonneborn is a full-time writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of more than 90 books for children and young adults. Her specialities include American history and biography.

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