Athens Human Rights Festival, p. 9 (April 21-22, 2001)


Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U. S. 436 (1966), the landmark United States Supreme Court decision, recently had a near-death experience. A determined group of right-wing law and order zealots, cheered on by the law enforcement establishment, tried to have Miranda overturned. These zealots even succeeded in persuading one federal appellate court to hold that police no longer had to obey Miranda. It took a surprising Supreme Court decision last June to resuscitate Miranda from the deathblow Miranda's enemies were endeavoring to inflict.