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Profound Social Impact Of Miranda Rights, 50 Years After Court Ruling

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Miranda v. Arizona.

It's the decision that established the rule that police inform criminal suspects of their rights and is one rule of law just about every American can recite verbatim.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney…etc.

"There are probably few decisions the Supreme Court has ever handed down that have resonated as much in the popular imagination," says Drexel University Law Professor Dan Filler.

He says that's likely because the 1966 ruling inspired decades of criminal procedural television shows:

"Which I think, took a decision that could have been relatively obscure, and just made it a subject of popular media."

Ernesto Miranda, the man whose confession prompted the case, was eventually retried and convicted of rape. After he got out jail in the mid-70s, he was stabbed to death in a bar fight. His accused killer, was read his Miranda rights.

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