Some recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been covered extensively in the media. In the last few days, decisions in U.S. v. Windsor regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, Hollingsworth v. Perry regarding Proposition 8 in California, Shelby County v. Holder regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin regarding race in university admissions are amongst some of the decisions released that have generated a lot of media interest. If you wish to read the opinions of these or any U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the 2012-2013 session, you can find the slip opinions on their website at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/slipopinions.aspx?Term=12.
Today marks the 47th anniversary of the day that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the decision in the case Miranda v. Arizona. The landmark decision established the requirement that police officers must advise suspects they are arresting of their rights before they are interrogated. The Miranda rights, as they are often called, have become familiar to anyone who has watched movies or television shows in the last 47 years. The case originated from the arrest of Ernesto Miranda in Phoenix, Arizona for rape in 1963 and eventually made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. You can read a brief history of the decision at this site and read the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1966 decision here.