Prior to the Miranda v Arizona ruling in 1966, law enforcement could question possible suspects without their having legal counsel present. They could bully potential suspects, trick them, and do whatever else they thought was necessary to determine potential suspects’ involvement in a crime. The Miranda ruling protects people by allowing them to have legal counsel present when questioned by law enforcement regarding a crime in which they may or may not have been involved. This is a two-part assignment. Be sure to complete both parts.
In Part 1 of this assignment you are required to write a one- to two-page narrative in which you:
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- Summarize the Miranda Rule, including examples.
- Explain exceptions to the Miranda Rule, including examples.
- Develop a checklist with a series of questions to ask when assessing whether or not the Miranda Rule applies (for example, is your question a general one, such as name and date of birth? Or is it one that could make them vulnerable to prosecution?).
In Part 2 of this assignment, you are required to examine the scenarios contained in the Miranda Rule or Exception Template [DOCX].
- Note: The first scenario is completed for you as an example to guide your work on the remaining nine scenarios.
For each scenario:
- Determine for each scenario whether the Miranda Rule applies or an exception to it is in order.
- Justify your determinations.
- Use three sources to support your writing.
- Choose sources that are credible, relevant, and appropriate.
- Cite each source listed on your source page at least one time within your assignment.
- For help with research, writing, and citation, access the library or review library guides.
- You may use your textbook as one of your resources.
Important: Be sure to submit your one- to two-page narrative and the completed Miranda Rule or Exception Template to the assignment submission area.
This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Note the following:
- The preferred method is for your narrative on the Miranda Rule versus an exception be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. The Miranda Rule or Exception Template may be single-spaced.
- Include a cover page containing the assignment title, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
- Include a source list page. Citations and references must follow SWS format. The source list page is not included in the required page length.
The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
- Decide when to use the Miranda Rule and when to make exceptions.