Miranda v. Arizona, Shield or Sword?

This assignment requires that you explain the Miranda Rule and present a point/counterpoint analysis of it, as it applies to both police and the community. The assignment can be presented as a detailed chart, a detailed table or a 2-3 page APA formatted paper.

As you have learned this week, the Miranda Rule, from the United States Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona, changed the way police interrogate criminal suspects. In this assignment, which you can submit as a chart, a table or a 2-3 page APA formatted paper, using at least two (2) credible sources, you are asked to do the following:

  1. Explain the origin of the Miranda Rule, taking care to identify the facts, the issue and the holding of the Miranda v. Arizona case.
  2. Explain WHEN police are required to provide Miranda warnings, and when they are not.
  3. Discuss the two primary constitutional Amendments protected by Miranda warnings.
  4. Explain, from the perspective of the person being interrogated AND from the perspective of the person being interrogated, how the Miranda warnings may be interpreted to be a “shield” and a “sword”.
  5. Finally, identify and explain one (1) “pro” or advantage of requiring Miranda warnings, and one detriment, or “con” of requiring Miranda warnings.

There are no formatting or page requirements for this assignment UNLESS you choose to submit a 2-3 page paper, in which case you must follow APA formatting (cover page, reference page, double spacing, 12 point font, intext citations, etc.). Regardless of the format, though, you must add intext citations to at least TWO (2) credible, scholarly sources, and incorporate those citations within your chart, table or paper. You should also add your APA formatted reference(s) at the end of the submission, regardless of format choice. This should be written in 3rd person.