Right to Counsel and Privilege against Self-Incrimination: Rights and Liberties under the Law

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Right to Counsel and Privilege against Self-Incrimination: Rights and Liberties under the Law explores the origins, historical development, current status, and future of two rights intended to protect persons accused of crimes. Two shocking case studies—Powell v. Alabama and Brown v. Mississippi—reveal the brutal injustices suffered by Southern blacks in the 1930s and explain how the Supreme Court made landmark decisions to expand the coverage of the right to counsel and the privilege against self-incrimination.

After a brief review of the English and colonial origins of these rights, a careful analysis of each focuses primarily on the revolutionary cases of the 20th century that produced a convergence of these rights in the famous case of Miranda v. Arizona (1966). The work examines subsequent cases and discusses issues that lie ahead, including those related to the war on terror.

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"This volume would be a positive asset to those scholars attempting to update their knowledge of the right to counsel and/or the privilege against self-incrimination, or as an adjunct to other more general legal resources where a teacher wishes to demonstrate the impact of social change and politics on the development of our constitutional rulings."


The Law and Politics Book Review

"Professor Taylor's book is recommended for public, high school, and undergraduate libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076187
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/22/2004
  • Series: America's Freedoms Series
  • Pages: 399
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Origins and early development 27
3 The twentieth century : right to counsel 53
4 The twentieth century : privilege against self-incrimination 99
5 Convergence of rights : the Miranda revolution 175
6 The twenty-first century : legal and policy issues 231
7 Key people, cases, and events 283
8 Documents 331
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