The State Library of Arizona’s Law Day program: Miranda More than Words has been designated a 2016 Outstanding Law Day Activity Award Finalist.
On May 2, 2016, the State Library of Arizona partnered with the State Archives, the Capitol Museum, the Phoenix Police Museum, and the Arizona Court of Appeals to showcase collections and engage and educate the community about the Miranda v. Arizona case.
The State Library hosted an open house in the very courtroom where the Arizona Supreme Court heard Miranda v. Arizona on April 22, 1965. No longer used by the courts, the Historic Supreme Courtroom is now a part of the Arizona Capitol Museum with the original bench and fixtures still intact.
The State Archives displayed several original Miranda case documents. These included the police report, handwritten attorney’s notes, a psychiatric evaluation of Ernesto Miranda, and the record of his re-arrest after the Supreme Court’s reversal. Most significant was the copy of the confession written and signed by Ernesto Miranda that was later thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to the items from the State Archives, the Phoenix Police Museum loaned materials for display in the State Library. These included Miranda’s mug shot, a copy of a Miranda Rights card signed by Ernesto Miranda, the timeline of events leading up to the Supreme Court decision, and the US Reporter in which the case was reported.
Three public speakers presented on various aspects of the case: Arizona Appeals Court Judge Maurice Portley, Bill of Rights author, attorney and historian Robert McWhirter, and Capt. Carroll Cooley, the detective who originally arrested Ernesto Miranda.
Thank you to our partners:
The Arizona Court of Appeals https://www.azcourts.gov/
The Phoenix Police Museum http://phoenixpolicemuseum.org/
Robert McWhirter http://billofrightshistory.com/
The Arizona State Archives https://www.azlibrary.gov/archives
The Arizona Capitol Museum https://www.azlibrary.gov/azcm