Miranda v. Arizona established a bright-line rule regarding warnings to suspects. What is the rule and the reason for the rule?

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The idea of a “bright line” rule is that there are some boundaries that one must never cross.  The line was meant to separate the idea of pressure from the idea of coercion. Confessions obtained as a result of pressure, deceptiveness and other factors are okay.  Confessions obtained as a result of coercion will not be accepted. In Miranda vs. Arizona, Ernesto Miranda’s confession for kidnapping and rape was illegally obtained. His confession was obtained without proper adherence to procedure advising right to remain silent and the right to counsel.