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Ernesto Miranda of Miranda rights, who was he, what happened to him



What was Ernesto Miranda of Miranda rights fame like growing up?

Ernesto Miranda was a poor Mexican from a broken family. His mom died when he was 6. He did not get along with his dad or his brothers. He was in and out of juvy, jail and prison most of his life. He was a seriously disturbed individual with pronounced sexual fantasies.

What are the basic facts that led to Ernesto Miranda's arrest?

In 1963, Miranda was arrested by Phoenix police for the kidnapping and rape of an 18 year old girl, who identified him. Two cops interrogated him for two hours and after it was done, they had a written confession, signed by Miranda. Miranda was never told he had a right to have an attorney present, among other rights.

What happened to Ernesto Miranda after the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona?

Miranda was retried. The prosecution did not use the confession at trial. They didn't need to. They called witnesses. One was his common law wife Twila Hoffman. She was separated from her husband. She had a son and daughter from her husband. Miranda and Twila had a daughter together. Miranda lived with her at the time of the kidnapping and rape. Miranda allegedly confessed to her. However, Miranda was fighting with Twila at the time of the retrial over custody of their daughter.  He was convicted in 1967, and was sentenced to serve 20 to 30 years. He was paroled in 1972.

How did Miranda make his living after getting out of prison?

Autographing cops' Miranda cards.

The irony of the end of Ernesto Miranda

He was stabbed to death during an argument over coins in a dive bar in Phoenix in 1976. One suspect fled, another suspect was arrested, but he, unlike Miranda, exercised his right to remain silent. With no evidence against him, he was released.


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