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How did the Miranda Rights get their name?
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  1. The Miranda Rights got their name from the case of Miranda v. Arizona. In that 1966 case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a man named Ernesto Miranda who had admitted to rape and kidnapping; his defense was that he didn't know about his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and his Sixth Amendment right to have legal representation. After that, police were told they had to make sure suspects knew their rights before being interrogated in order to avoid inadmissible confessions.

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