I wasn't sure what to expect the first time I visited the Constitution Center, but its a Smithsonian-level museum all about an idea: that our country should be based on equal and fair treatment of everybody based on law and courts. This was brought home to me when I found myself standing in front of an exhibit with a simple handwritten note. As I read the note and looked at the explanations I realized that the note was to the Supreme Court from a inmate named Ernesto Miranda. Mr. Miranda was writing on the small single sheet allowed him by the prison where he was held. His note stated his belief that he had not received a fair trial because he did not have an attorney to defend him in a trial for rape. Its amazing that our highest court took up this man's case based on a note that clearly was not from an educated man . . . really inspiring!
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