On March 13, 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested in his house and brought to the police station where he was questioned by police officers in connection with a kidnapping and rape. After two hours of interrogation, the police obtained a written confession from Miranda. The written confession was admitted into evidence at trial despite the objection of the defense attorney and the fact that the police officers admitted that they had not advised Miranda of his right to have an attorney present during the interrogation. The jury found Miranda guilty. On appeal, the Supreme Court of Arizona affirmed and held that Miranda’s constitutional rights were not violated because he did not specifically request counsel.
In Brief, the defendants argued that Miranda was not aware he had the right to an attorney when he gave his written confession. Miranda was never told he had the right to remain silent.
The percitutors said Mr. Miranda admitted to his crimes at his own will. He always had the right to an attorney but never asked for one.