“Let me get this straight: To preserve your right to remain silent, you have to talk?”
So queried one of tnlib’s readers on Parsley’s Pics yesterday.
After four decades of hearing it on our favorite TV shows, we all know the Miranda warning:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”
On Tuesday the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision that will weaken a suspect’s rights. The menatality of the Court’s five assenting justices seems to be “Guilty until proven innocent.”
Before Tuesday, HERE, clearly spelled out, were YOUR rights, everyone’s rights who suddenly found themselves suspect in a crime.
Read Parsley’s Pics’s “So goes the Supreme Court” for a clear and concise report on Tuesday’s decision and how it will affect Miranda.
And, be good.