Constiutional rights of defendants | CRJ 514 Constitutional & Judicial Processes | Ashford University

 The U.S. Constitution provides multiple rights for someone accused of a crime—the defendant in a criminal case filed by a prosecutor. Choose one right for the accused, and explain why this is the most significant safeguard for criminal defendants. Discuss at least two U.S. Supreme Court opinions which interpreted this right. Did the Supreme Court limit or expand upon the plain language from the U.S. Constitution? In what way? Discuss the relevance of the right in modern society. It is recommended that your post contain approximately 400 words. 
Spohn, C., & Hemmens, C. (2012). Courts: A text/reader (2nd ed.). Sage.

Section IV: Judges and Jurors

Howard, R. C., & Rich, L. A. (2006). A history of Miranda and why it remains vital today (Links to an external site.).Valparaiso Law Review, 40(3), 685-706. Retrieved from

This resource provides an analysis of the need for continued Fifth Amendment protections delineated by the U.S. Supreme Court in the U.S. v. Miranda decision.

Smith, C. E. (1996). The impact of new justices: The U.S. Supreme Court and criminal justice policy (Links to an external site.).Akron Law Review, 30(1), 55-72. Retrieved from

Smith advances an argument that the U.S. Supreme Court creates criminal justice policy through its rulings.

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Liptak, A. (2012, March 21). Justices’ ruling expands rights of accused in plea bargains (Links to an external site.).The New York Times. Retrieved from

Liptak analyzes the defendant’s right to effective, legal representation (Sixth Amendment) during plea agreement negotiations and proceedings.

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