Monday, June 13, 2011

What gives Miranda the right?

June 13th
On this day in 1966 the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Miranda vs Arizona that upon arrest the arresting officer had to read the suspect their rights. The right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Ernesto Miranda had confessed to a crime without knowing his rights. The ACLU took his case to the Supreme Court and had the conviction overturned. In the aftermath Miranda was re-tried, convicted again, served his time, and was stabbed to death in a bathroom in 1976.

On this day in 1381 the peasant's revolt occurred in London. A group peasants lead by a man named Wat Tyler fought their way into London after capturing a few cities along the way. When he was refused a meeting with King Richard II, he captured the Tower of London and beheaded the Bishop of Canterbury. Tyler was then able to negotiate with the king to have serfdom revoked in all of England. But he couldn't stop there and demanded more, which caused the mayor of London to stab him to death and have most of the peasants killed, thus snuffing out the revolt.

On this day in 2003 one of my favorite bands, the Arctic Monkeys, performed live for the first time at The Grapes in Sheffield, England. They made about $44.00 that night.

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