THE SUPREME COURTS POST‐MIRANDA RULINGS: Impact on Local Prosecutors

JOHN GRUHL, CASSIA SPOHN

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Abstract

Beginning in 1971, the Burger Court issued a series of rulings which chipped away at the Miranda v. Arizona ruling. This article analyzes the impact of this series of rulings on prosecuting attorneys from countries with a population of 100,000 or more. The results indicate that prosecutors perceive that the Court has changed the degree with which police must comply with Miranda and that prosecutors approve of this, but that prosecutors are not more likely to prosecute in cases where police committed alleged violations than they had been before 1971. This seems due to the fact that prosecutors take their cues more from local courts, which reportedly requires strict compliance with Miranda, than from the Supreme Court.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-54
Number of pages26
JournalLaw & Policy
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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