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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Miranda v. Arizona
Miranda v. Arizona

Decided June 13, 1966

384 U.S. 436

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/384/436.html

Decision

The Fifth Amendment protects individuals against being forced to give statements that will help the government prove that they committed a crime. Before suspects in police custody can be questioned, they must be informed that they have the right to remain silent, that anything they say may be used against them, that they have the right to have a lawyer present, as well as the right to have a lawyer appointed to defend them if they cannot afford a lawyer.

Background

In writing the Bill of Rights, the Framers, who had grown to despise the abusive practices of British criminal prosecutions, placed great emphasis on the rights of the criminally accused. It is no accident, therefore, that four ...

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