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Miranda rights are meaningless if they are mistranslated

It has been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before being questioned. The country was nowhere near as diverse as it is now, so the importance of informing individuals of their legal rights in their native language was not as much of a concern.

Could Your Trailer Hitch Get You Busted?

Continued tension nationwide between police and people of color has heightened awareness that police officers frequently feel empowered to stop motorists on the thinnest of pretexts - everything from improper pine tree deodorizers to oversized trailer hitches. Police often get away with questionable stops, but not always.