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New study finds that most Miranda rights can’t be heard over gunshots

Nancy R. Adams

ATLANTA, GA—According to a new study from Emory University, Miranda warnings, traditionally read by police upon suspect arrest, likely cannot be heard over the ringing sound of gunshots. Lead researcher James DiSantes claimed that suspects are usually too busy watching their life’s summary pass before their eyes to listen to a helpful summary of their constitutional rights.

This unparalleled finding is something that many have long suspected, but it originally appeared suspicious and was immediately shot down. However the study successfully achieved funding, primarily due to its easily testable nature.

DiSantes and his colleagues found that Miranda rights read post-gunshot are nearly indiscernible, boasting a sample size of at least eight (mostly from Chicago). The study drew national attention due to the recent nationwide popularity of ignoring constitutionality.

The interrogation (dubbed “interview”) tactics of Officer Mark Bailey, consulting police officer at the Atlanta Police Department, were cited in the study as “simple but effective; also illegal, but legal without video evidence.” Multiple study trials showed that shots are significantly louder than any form of oration. DiSantes helpfully elucidated, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Other things Miranda warnings cannot be heard over include “hoodlum” music, skin color or any other arrests going on in the nearby area.

Final results from the study conclude that at least after suspects have been shot, they will be able to exercise their right to remain silent.  

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