In 1958, President Eisenhower established May 1 as Law Day to honor the role of law in America. This week the legal community will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s best known cases in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona.
The Miranda Warning ensures that people who are accused of a crime are aware of, and reminded of, their rights under the U.S. Constitution, and that they know they can invoke them at any time during questioning. “You have the right to remain silent …” has become familiar to every American.
However, we forget that these rights are not a matter of law across the globe.
As part of our civic mission to give back to the community, the Coral Gables Bar Association celebrated Law Day last week with an educational program in conjunction with Coral Gables High School and sponsored an essay contest for the students.
Our goal was to show that Miranda is more than words. This law and its underlying principles are essential to our justice system and culture. We wanted to impress upon them that we have to work together to uphold and protect the procedures that ensure justice. These are lessons we must all remember.
Andres J. Correa, Miami