Washington Law Review


Largely as a consequence of American television and movies, Miranda v. Arizona may well be the most famous appellate case in the world. On the screen, innumerable actors playing American police officers give Miranda warnings to other actors playing suspects, a portrayal that reflects the reality of genuine police officers giving genuine Miranda warnings to genuine suspects millions of times every year. Indeed, such has been the influence of Miranda that Russian television cops give something like a Miranda warning to suspects even though no actual Russian law imposes such an obligation on real Russian cops. And it is said that in countries where no such right actually exists, suspects have still been known, when arrested, to demand their Miranda rights.

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