The Bill of Rights establishes very clear rights for the accused, including the right to remain silent and the right to a fair and speedy trial. These two rights came up for review in two important cases in the 1960s– Miranda v. Arizona and Gideon v. Wainwright.
Links to these two cases are here:
In this week’s discussion thread, you need to address these questions:
- How did Miranda put the idea of the right to remain silent to a tough test?
- How did the Gideon case test the notion of a “fair” trial?
- Do you agree or disagree with the results of each case? Explain.