Supreme Court ruling on Miranda weakens civil rights, activists say

Supreme Court ruling on Miranda weakens civil rights, activists say

  • The conservative majority 6-3 decision found that failing to read someone their Miranda warning does not allow law enforcement to be sued for violating someone’s civil rights.
  • The decision opens a major avenue for the police to provide a warning to Miranda and hold him accountable.
  • People should say explicitly and affirmatively to police, “I want my lawyer and I want to keep quiet,” and then keep quiet, civil rights experts have said.

The magic words beginning Miranda’s warning that many know by heart – “you have the right to remain silent” – may be written into Hollywood shows and movies, but Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means its protections civil rights will be significantly curtailed, legal experts have said. USA TODAY.

The 6-3 decision, with the court’s three liberal judges dissenting, in Vega v. Tekoh, essentially concluded that failing to “mirandize” or give someone their Miranda warning, does not qualify a person to sue law enforcement for a violation of federal civil rights. Fifth Amendment protection against coerced self-incrimination.

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