The Age of Frank came to
the legal world when John P. Frank insisted that the full potential of
the U.S. Constitution be realized and extended to every American.
It did not extend to
Ernesto Miranda in 1963, nor to millions of Americans like him. John
found this abhorrent and went to work applying the virtues of the Age of
Frank to American constitutional law. Three years later he triumphed,
as the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him by establishing Miranda
There was potential in the
U.S. Constitution that the American justice system had left untapped,
and John was there to fix that deficiency. In doing so, he welcomed
millions of Americans into the Age of Frank.
In the Age of Frank,
strawberries were not just for eating—they were to be dipped in
champagne, rolled in powdered sugar, and devoured. Secretary’s Day meant
more than flowers on a desk. It meant taking everyone out for a long,
leisurely lobster lunch. And opera began and ended with Wagner.
That was how the Age
of Frank came to the people who knew John personally. John Frank is
gone, but his era lives in the legacy of Miranda v. Arizona. Long live
the Age of Frank.
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