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Few events have altered the course of American legal practice more than the 1963 rape and kidnapping conviction of Ernesto Miranda The primary evidence against him was a signed confession he made while in police custody However the grounds on which that confession was obtained began a heated debate on the rights of the accused and prompted a landmark US Supreme Court decision On March 3 1963 an 18-year-old girl was assailed by a man she described as a Mexican in his late 20s who was driving an early fifties car By chance one week later the girl and her brother-in-law saw what they believed was the car and it was registered to Ernesto Miranda At this time Miranda had a long history of emotional instability and criminal behavior including a one-year jail term for attempted rape At police headquarters Miranda was placed in a line-up with three other Mexicans of similar stature and while the victim did not positively identify Miranda she said he bore the closest resemblance to her attacker Detectives Carroll Cooley and Wilfred Young then took Miranda into an interrogation room While in the room Miranda was told that he had been positively identified and he was asked whether he wanted to make a statement Two hours later Miranda signed a written confession At the top of the confession was a typed paragraph stating that the confession was made voluntarily without threats or promises of immunity and with full knowledge of my legal rights understanding any statement I make may be used against me At his trial before a jury the written confession was admitted into evidence over the objection of defense counsel and the officers testified to the prior oral confession made by Miranda during the interrogation Consequently on June 27 1963 Ernesto Miranda was convicted and sentenced to 20 to 30 years imprisonment on each count the sentences to run concurrently On appeal the Supreme Court of Arizona held
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