Famous Defendant Profile: Ernesto Miranda

I'm going to post these Famous Defendant Profiles every once in a while.  If I get lucky, I'll be able to interview one of these guys and post the transcript on here.  We'll start with the most famous criminal law case of the 20th century (it's gotta be, right?), Miranda v. Arizona , 384 U.S. 436 (1966).

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Ernesto Miranda's life following the Supreme Court's decision in his case (from wikipedia): 

The Supreme Court set aside Miranda's conviction, which was tainted by the use of the confession that had been obtained through improper interrogation. The state of Arizona retried him. At the second trial, his confession was not introduced into evidence, but he was convicted again on testimony given by his estranged de facto wife, but only after he sued for custody of their daughter. He was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison.

"Look what resulted from my conviction for rape and kidnapping!"

Miranda was paroled in 1972. After his release, he started selling autographed Miranda warning cards for $1.50. Over the next years, Miranda was arrested numerous times for minor driving offenses and eventually lost the privilege to drive a car. He was arrested for the possession of a gun but the charges were dropped. However, because this violated his parole he was sent back to Arizona state prison for another year.
On January 31, 1976, after his release for violating his parole, a violent fight broke out in a bar in Kingman, Arizona. Miranda received a lethal wound from a knife, he was pronounced dead on arrival at Good Samaritan Hospital. Several Miranda cards were found on his person. The suspect, a Mexican national named Eseziquiel Moreno, supposedly fled prosecution.

Sounds like a typical loser to me.