The Rehnquist Court (1986–2005)

Criminal Justice

What did the Rehnquist Court say about Miranda rights?

In the landmark Miranda v. Arizona (1966) decision, the Warren Court ruled inadmissible a confession by a suspect because he had not been given warnings about the constitutional rights he had even under arrest. These came to be known as Miranda rights. Justice William Rehnquist had criticized the Miranda decision while a member of the Burger Court. For this reason, many assumed that when Chief Justice Rehnquist announced that he had written the decision in Dickerson v. U.S. for the Court in 2000, that the Court would overrule Miranda. To the surprise of many, Chief Justice Rehnquist refused to overrule Miranda, writing that “Miranda has become embedded in routine police practice to the point where the warnings have become part of our national culture.”


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