ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here

Community Comment

A Word A Day — mirandize

Good morning, Netizens….

April 14, 2013

Word of the Day

  • Mirandize
  • audio pronunciation
  • \muh-RAN-dyze\
  • DEFINITION
  •  

verb

: to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest)
  • EXAMPLES
  •  

In accordance with police procedures, the officers had to Mirandize the suspect to make sure that he was aware of his rights.

“According to the website, Heller's motion is baseless as there was no need for police to Mirandize the actress since she wasn't in their custody, and it's 'perfectly legal to question people involved in a car accident without reading them their rights.'” — From an article at The Huffington Post, February 26, 2013

  • DID YOU KNOW?
  •  

“You have the right to remain silent….” These seven words typically begin the notification that police recite to inform a suspect of his or her rights while in custody. The law requiring this recitation stemmed from a 1966 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Miranda v. Arizona) in which the court overturned the conviction of Ernesto A. Miranda on charges of rape and kidnapping. The court had determined that Miranda confessed to the crime without being informed that he could remain silent during questioning. The list of rights that must be recited to a suspect in custody subsequently became known as “the Miranda warnings.” And in the 1980s, the verb “Mirandize” began appearing in print.

From Merriam-Webster Online at www.Merriam-Webster.com.

 

Dave


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Community Comment

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane.

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Community Comment.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here