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What was the "Due Process Revolution?"

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daisy39 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM via web

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What was the "Due Process Revolution?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM (Answer #1)

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The Due Process Revolution was the process, carried out mostly by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren, of providing more due process rights to criminal defendants and others.

The Due Process Revolution involved, among other things the "selective incorporation" of the Bill of Rights.  This process required the states to adhere to the Bill of Rights even as the federal government did.  The Due Process Revolution also added to the idea of what due process was.  It added, for example, the idea that people who were arrested had to be read their rights (Miranda v. Arizona) before they could be interrogated.

The Due Process Revolution, then, was a process of expanding the due process protections enjoyed by American citizens.

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