On the plane, I thought of this post. Not many people are aware of what happened to Ernesto Miranda, the man made famous by the Supreme Court in the case of Miranda v. Arizona. I've discussed Miranda warnings and New York law previously.
But, what happened to Ernesto Miranda after the Supreme Court reversed his conviction for rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery? Arizona retried him, without the confession, and a jury again convicted him.
He spent eleven years in prison and then was on parole for a few years. He spent those years peddling personally autographed Miranda cards.
In 1976, he got in a violent altercation and was stabbed to death. Police questioned the suspect with a card labelled "Miranda Rights." The suspect did not confess to the crime. The police released him and he promptly fled to Mexico.
The case shifted the legal landscape surrounding confessions. Miranda's name is used everyday across this country. It's odd to think that Ernesto Miranda, a convicted rapist, is one of the most recognizable names in the country.
See you all Wednesday.