“You have the right to remain silent” . . . so begins the recognizable “Miranda warning” established 50 years ago as a result of the Supreme Court decision handed down in Miranda v. Arizona. In this landmark court case, the Supreme Court significantly changed law enforcement practice in the United States. The court held that statements made by a defendant while in custody could not be used unless the defendant had been informed prior to interrogation of his/her right to remain silent, to have counsel present during questioning, and to understand that anything they said may be used against them in a court of law. For the record, even though the original conviction in this local Phoenix case was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1966, Ernesto Miranda was later retried and found guilty of the same offense based upon witness testimony. More local connections to Supreme Court history are currently on display in the public reading area of the library. From a biography of former Heard Museum Board Trustee, Sandra Day O’Connor, to an in-depth look at the 1941 Hualapai land decision, these four selections discuss the large and small, local and national impacts of Supreme Court decisions on everyday life. Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.
Sandra Day O’Connor : how the first woman on the Supreme Court became its most influential justice
New York : ECCO, c2005
Heard call number F810 .O24 2005
Making Indian law : the Hualapai land case and the birth of ethnohistory
McMillen, Christian W.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007
Heard call number KF228.H83 M38 2007
Broken landscape : Indians, Indian tribes, and the constitution
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
Heard call number KF8205 .P63 2009
American Indian sovereignty and the U. S. Supreme Court : the masking of justice
Wilkins, David E.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997 (2002 printing)
Heard call number KF8205 .W527 2002