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The Miranda RulingIts Past, Present, and Future$
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Lawrence S. Wrightsman and Mary L. Pitman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730902.001.0001

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Problems with the Comprehension of Miranda Rights Among Vulnerable Suspects

Problems with the Comprehension of Miranda Rights Among Vulnerable Suspects

(p.77) 5 Problems with the Comprehension of Miranda Rights Among Vulnerable Suspects
The Miranda Ruling

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Mary L. Pitman

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews recent research on the comprehension of the Miranda rights by members of several vulnerable groups. For example, the warnings often exceed the reading level of the typical adolescent suspect. For non-English-speaking persons, the translation to their language may be difficult. For deaf suspect, American Sign Language lacks several relevant terms. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that there is no regulation of the specific warning, so that some jurisdictions have verbose, complicated warnings with complex sentences and word length of 400 or more words.

Keywords:   comprehensibility of Miranda warnings, deaf suspects, juvenile defendants, Limited English proficiency (LEP), mentally ill, psychological coercion, versions of Miranda warnings, vulnerable suspects

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