CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- A group of local Democrats including Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice and Cortlandt attorney Anthony Giordano addressed the Cortlandt Democratic Committee’s Law Day Panel at the Field Library on May 1.
The theme for this year’s law day, selected by the American Bar Association, was Miranda v. Arizona. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the case that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Miranda warnings, required to be given prior to interrogating a suspect, have resulted in better policing generally but there are still much more needed to protect individuals subjected to such interrogation from coercive measures designed to produce false confessions,” said Giordano.
During the event, the panel explored the procedural protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and what can be done to make for a fairer and effective justice system.
“One of the key Miranda warnings is about the right to counsel. But for too many, legal representation is unaffordable. The Democratic Assembly Majority is committed to equal access to justice and added millions for legal defense in the last budget,” said Mayer.
President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.
“The last two years have seen a renewed debate about fairness in the criminal justice system,” said Rice, “It is important to observe Law Day to keep the public informed of recent developments in the law. I'm thankful for the Cortlandt Democrats and for those who participated in our stimulating legal discussion.”
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