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  •  Technically Miranda wasn't around during the Civil (0+ / 0-)

    War, so no - nobody read anyone rights back then. Didn't know them? Hope somebody tells you, I guess. That was the point of Miranda - that we evolved the law to facilitate a fair criminal justice system.

    However, if a self-declared secessionist Confederate was arrested today for a crime, yes, he would have the right to Miranda.

    Confederates weren't "arrested" by the Union Army when captured alive (they were captured as POWs - no ambiguity about it on either side) and the war was a very clearly declared war with acknowledgement on both sides and full military organization so your comparison falls far short.

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