Criminal Justice: A Gain in Confessions

District Attorney Evelle Younger, 48, of Los Angeles County, was deeply concerned by the Supreme Court's Miranda decision (TIME, June 24). Like many another law-enforcement officer, Younger feared that because of the high court's holding that every suspect must be reminded "prior to questioning" of his right to silence and to legal counsel, there would be a virtual end to all voluntary confessions and a sharp and disheartening decline in successful prosecutions.

Immediately after the decision, ex-FBI Agent Younger ordered a Miranda survey taken throughout his county, which has the largest criminal-case...

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