Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona 48 years ago today, June 13, 1966, establishing the principle that those who are placed under arrest by authorities must be advised of their legal rights before being interrogated.
While most of us have never been arrested, thanks to television and movies we are very familiar with the following statement which came as a result of the Miranda decision...
"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed for you."
THURGOOD MARSHALL APPOINTED TO SUPREME COURT 47 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the US Supreme Court 47 years ago today, June 13, 1967.
Marshall, born in 1908, was the first African-American to sit on the High Court.
Thurgood Marshall earned his law degree from Howard University. He served as the chief counsel for the NAACP from 1938 to 1961.
Marshall was counsel for Linda Brown in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case.
Justice Marshall was appointed to the US Court of Appeals in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and was confirmed in 1962.
PENTAGON PAPERS FIRST PUBLISHED 43 YEARS AGO
New York City (JFK+50) The New York Times began publication of the Department of Defense's top secret study of the American government's involvement in Vietnam, known as the "Pentagon Papers," 43 years ago today, June 13, 1971.
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara had authorized the study in 1967.
The papers were kept in a safe at the Pentagon but were smuggled out in parts by anti-war defense employee Daniel Ellsberg.