TV's Most Accurate Portrayal of Miranda

Friday, June 11, 2010


This month, the Supreme Court changed how suspects might or might not communicate a wish to waive their Miranda rights. David Milch, co-creator of the seminal cop show NYPD Blue, says he tried to more realistically portray the use of Miranda. DePaul University law professor Susan Bandes says the show is indeed very real, and from the cop’s perspective.

Comments [4]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Mr. Sanson isn't following developments here. Police departments are catching up with the 21st century, slowly.

Jun. 18 2010 09:22 AM
James McCollum

Great to see the use of NYPD Blue in the story. Bill Clark eventually became an executive producer of the series. But you used too much David Caruso in your sampling. Caruso abandoned the show early on,only to show up later in the soulless,"CSI" franchise. Dennis Franz was the true star of the series,though originally second billed. Great example:Franz' human lie detector test(season 2,episode 3 and Caruso's second to last appearance). "Beep! Beep!" I am a flaming far-left liberal,but seeing Franz' Andy attempt to redeem himself over the years (what the show ultimately was about)was a joy to watch. The plot line here centers on an abusive husband;a little part of Andy's past is in this guy,er,perp.

Jun. 13 2010 12:19 PM
Nathan Chadwick from Winston-Salem, NC

I cringed when David Milch consistently said when cops give the suspects their rights. The police are not the granter of rights upon the citizenry. Miranda Rights merely reiterate rights the suspect already holds before any contact with the police. They make police work better. As the attorney rightly points out the police are not the final judge, jury, and executioner of the suspect. I'm glad that David Milch is satisfied with the reality he has portrayed on his TV show, but god forbid he create a cop with a conscience beyond their own high sense of self importance.

Jun. 13 2010 01:14 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn, NY

In Britain and other countries, police interviews/interrogations of suspects are recorded. Not so in the US. Here, police and government officials have relentlessly opposed recordings. Don't want cops caught breaking the law, I guess.

Jun. 12 2010 07:49 AM

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