State must defend due process rights of all Alaskans
In 1965, Ernesto Miranda was found guilty of kidnapping and raping a young girl. Miranda’s attorneys challenged his arrest and the police interrogation that led to his confession. The U.S. Supreme Court held that because the police failed to tell Miranda about his basic constitutional rights when they arrested him, they violated his “due process” rights. That landmark case established what we now know as our Miranda rights, the basic constitutional protections that all of us (not just Miranda) expect as United States citizens.