Today in History 13TH June

Today in history we take a walk back the memory lane of the US justice system. For the movie lover in more than one instance, you have heard the phrase, “You have the right to keep silent. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law”. These famous words that most people hold dear were none existence until a ruling of Miranda vs Arizona.

In the case of Miranda, a suspected rapist had been arrested and was undergoing interrogation. In the interrogation room the suspect “confessed” the crime and he was later sentenced. However civil society groups lobbied that the suspect was coerced and forced to admit the crime. Miranda’s conviction was overruled. But luckily he was recharged and convicted of the crime later on. From 1966 as a result, it became mandatory that any individual placed under custody be informed of their rights.

A year later on the same date, the first African American Thurgood Marshall was nominated as a Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson. A milestone in the strides toward racial equity.


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