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Supreme Court Upholds Miranda Ruling

Aired June 26, 2000 - 1:11 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: In criminal science, big news today for suspects and defendants nationwide. The Supreme Court says you still have the right to remain silent. The court says its 1966 Miranda ruling, one of the most famous in U.S. jurisprudence, still applies and no state or federal law can change it.

CNN's Charles Bierbauer joins us now to tell us how the question came up -- Charles.

CHARLES BIERBAUER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the question came up because of a bank robbery in Virginia. The man who drove the car was picked up by police officials later and questioned, and according to him -- we have things crashing around us here -- but according to him he was not read his Miranda warning rights by officials when he was questioned. So, that was the issue before the court here. Could a voluntary confession or a statement made by this individual be admitted in court without those Miranda rights?

And what the chief justice, Mr. Rehnquist, on behalf of the majority of seven justices said that this practice of the Miranda right is so embedded in police practice, so much a part of the national culture that above all it is a constitutional right, which Congress cannot overturn. And what the court has done is to strike down a later piece of legislation whereby Congress would have allowed voluntary statements to be admitted.

Complex, but the bottom line remains the law is as it was coming into this case. You still have a right to remain silent. You still have a right to an attorney -- Natalie.

ALLEN: All right, Charles Bierbauer at the Supreme Court.

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