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NEWS RELEASE: Cortlandt Democrats Observe Law Day

May 3, 2016
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Cortlandt Democrats Observe Law Day


A panel 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, 2016.

 

The theme for this year’s law day, selected by the American Bar Association was Miranda v. Arizona. This year marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The 2016 Law Day 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.

 

“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 Anthony Giordano.

“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 Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer.

“The last two years have seen a renewed debate about fairness in the criminal justice system,” said Jared 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,”

Law Day was established by President Eisenhower, “in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their re-dedication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries; and for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.”

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