Civil Libertarians To Holder: Miranda Reform Not Needed


A coalition of 35 human rights, religious, and civil liberties organizations have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to rethink his call for Congress to modernize the Miranda warning to deal with terrorism suspects, reports The coalition expressed concerns that “weakening Miranda would undercut our fundamental Fifth Amendment rights for no perceptible gain.”

The groups noted that Holder has said Miranda warnings have not hampered two recent terrorism cases and that suspects continued cooperating even after being advised of their rights. “In the nearly nine years since the attacks of 9/11, the Department of Justice has obtained convictions in more than 400 international terrorism or terrorism-related cases without weakening Miranda or risking the safety of Americans. The 'public safety exception' is exception enough,” the coaltion says.

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