Name: Kathleen Sewell Subject/Grade: 12th Grade American Government Title/Topic of the Lesson



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Name: Kathleen Sewell
Subject/Grade: 12th Grade American Government
Title/Topic of the Lesson: Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Miranda v. Arizona

Sunshine State Standards Addressed in this Lesson:

SS.912.C.3.10 Evaluate the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases.
Learning Objectives:


Lesson Content:

“You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.  You have the right to an attorney.  If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.  Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”  Almost everyone recognizes these words as the Miranda warning, which police officers must read to suspects in police custody before they are interrogated.  The warning originates from the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Miranda v. Arizona.  In its 1966 ruling, the Court stated that suspects’ Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and Sixth Amendment to counsel are so basic that they must be safeguarded.  After the Court handed down its decision, many law enforcement officials and prosecutors argued that Miranda went too far to protect the the rights of the accused.  In this lesson, students will examine the Miranda warnings and the background of Miranda v. Arizona in order to analyze whether Miranda favors the accused.





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