In Vega v. Tekoh, following a violation of Tekoh’s Miranda rights, Tekoh brought a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights claim against the offending officer and the officer’s department, citing a Fifth Amendment violation. The Supreme Court denied the claim and held that the Miranda rules do not implicate the Fifth Amendment, but rather are prophylactic. The Court proclaimed a Miranda violation cannot, alone, be a basis for a § 1983 claim. Since the 1966 Miranda decision, the Court has not provided any meaningful deterrence of Miranda violations, but rather has denigrated Miranda’s protections. Vega was a missed opportunity to reinforce Miranda and bring Miranda’s rules within the ambit of the Fifth Amendment. This Article critically examines the Court’s Vega decision, from its disregard of its own precedent to its disingenuous analysis of the cost-benefit of reinforcing Miranda’s rules.