Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Justice Sonia Sotomayo I like

Finally, it seems that we got someone with some sense on the court!
Court rule on Miranda rights - Suspects must say they want to be silent
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court's newest member, wrote a strongly worded dissent for the court's liberals, saying the majority's decision "turns Miranda upside down."

"Criminal suspects must now unambiguously invoke their right to remain silent - which counterintuitively, requires them to speak," she said. "At the same time, suspects will be legally presumed to have waived their rights even if they have given no clear expression of their intent to do so. Those results, in my view, find no basis in Miranda or our subsequent cases and are inconsistent with the fair-trial principles on which those precedents are grounded."
Why am I not suprised the self-contradictory circular logic was lost on the majority of the court?

Well it just gives more justification to the dozens of websites that already suggest to keep your trap shut when speaking to the cops other than to say you want you lawyer if you are being detained.

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