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J. Edgar Hoover Fought for People’s Right to Remain Silent in 50-Year-Old Case

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is often criticized for his zealous, unconstitutional surveillance of civil rights leaders and suspected communists.

But many people don’t know Hoover fought to protect accused criminals by supporting the Miranda rights.

The Washington Post reports that Hover and his colleagues were integral in the Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona, which established the people the right to remain silent while in police custody.

That made him an unlikely ally of the ACLU – one of his biggest critics.

The Supreme Court decision was made 50 year ago this coming Monday – June 13, 1966.


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