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File #: 16-2344    Version: 1 Name: RECOGNIZING MAY 1, 2016 AS NATIONAL LAW DAY
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 3/21/2016 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 4/13/2016 Final action: 4/13/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MAY 1, 2016 AS NATIONAL LAW DAY WHEREAS, Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share; and WHEREAS, Law Day has its origin in 1957, when American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne envisioned a special day for celebrating our legal system; and WHEREAS, on February 3, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day by issuing a Proclamation proclaiming it "fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us." Every President since has issued an annual Law Day Proclamation; and WHEREAS, on April 7, 1961, Congress passed a Joint Resolution, designating May 1 as Law Day. The theme of Law Day 2016 is "Miranda: More than Words"; and WHEREAS, the year 2016 ...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

RECOGNIZING MAY 1, 2016 AS NATIONAL LAW DAY


WHEREAS, Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share; and

WHEREAS, Law Day has its origin in 1957, when American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne envisioned a special day for celebrating our legal system; and

WHEREAS, on February 3, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day by issuing a Proclamation proclaiming it "fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us." Every President since has issued an annual Law Day Proclamation; and

WHEREAS, on April 7, 1961, Congress passed a Joint Resolution, designating May 1 as Law Day. The theme of Law Day 2016 is "Miranda: More than Words"; and

WHEREAS, the year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of a milestone in legal history, the United States Supreme Court's landmark 1966 decision in Miranda v. Arizona. In Miranda, the Supreme Court held that the state may not use statements stemming from custodial interrogation of a suspect in police custody unless it demonstrates the use of procedural safeguards effective to secure the privilege against self-incrimination; and

WHEREAS, the Miranda decision put forth the rule that requires the police to provide legal warning to criminal suspects in police custody before they are interrogated. This legal warning apprises suspects of their right to remain silent, their right to an attorney, and their right to appointed counsel in cases where they cannot afford an attorney; and

WHEREAS, the Miranda Warning has become one of the nation's most recognizable legal expressions and a symbol of procedural fairness; and

WHEREAS, the criminal justice system still faces many challenges and we rededicate o...

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