ERNESTO ARTURO MIRANDA, MARCH 13TH, 1963...A NAME AND DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN CONSTITUTIONAL INFAMY!
On Tuesday March 12th, and again on Wednesday March 13th 2013 the Phoenix Police Museum opened its doors to showcase a brand new, permanent display; an exhibit commemorating the Phoenix Police arrest and subsequent convictions of Ernesto Miranda.
Officers from across the valley and some from around the country joined the media and quite a few citizens to view the display and to hear from Phoenix Police Captain (retired) Carroll Cooley, the officer who arrested Miranda. Carroll tirelessly told the “the real story” about Miranda, his arrest and the subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1966 that overturned Miranda’s conviction. Most visitors, officers, media and our citizens did not know much about the case and the most common reaction to the story was “wow, I didn’t know that; it’s amazing”! Joining Carroll in this ever so important history lesson were Justice Barry Silverman of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who met both Carroll and Miranda back in the 60’s, Phoenix Police Detective (retired) Marcus Aurelis who investigated the homicide to Ernesto Miranda and Sex Crimes Detective James Newhouse who offered comment on today’s investigations and the “Miranda Rights” .
One thing everyone learned from the special two day event; The “Miranda Decision” was not only fruitful for the criminal suspect; it also became a great tool for law enforcement, and “now we know the rest of the story”.