Do Now: [a pre-Reading Activity] The Fifth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution



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The Miranda ruling applies only to interrogations. The Court emphasized those such safeguards were “not intended to hamper the traditional function of police officers in investigating crime…”The ruling was not meant to bar “general on-the-scene questioning as to facts surrounding a crime or other general questioning of citizens in the fact-finding process…”
In addition, the Chief Justice declared, the Fifth Amendment does not bar voluntary statements from a person who, for example, enters a police station “…to confess to a crime, or a person who calls the police to offer a confession or any other statement he desires to make.”



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