Miranda rights: Where did the right to remain silent come from

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Miranda rights: Where did the right to remain silent come from

Sgt. Joe Friday on “Dragnet” delivered the lines we have all heard on TV cop shows for years in his characteristic monotone, just-the-facts-ma’am voice.

Wisecracking “Law and Order” detective Lennie Briscoe always added a little dig when he put the cuffs on a bad guy. “You probably know this next part by heart. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law …” Briscoe said in one episode of the popular crime drama that enjoyed a 20-year run and spawned several spinoffs.

Everyone who he ever turned on the television probably knows those 41 words just as well as or better than they know the Pledge of Allegiance.

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