Latest Right to silence Stories

2011-08-05 22:39:11

Confusion about Constitutional rights can lead to self-incrimination, psychologist reports Movies and TV shows often depict crime with a police officer handcuffing a suspect and warning him that he has the right to remain silent. While those warnings may appear clear-cut, almost 1 million criminal cases may be compromised each year in the United States because suspects don't understand their constitutional rights, according to research presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American...

2010-09-09 07:15:00

MIAMI, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone who watches TV knows the "Miranda" warning by heart: "You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you ..." etc. Since the landmark 1966 Supreme Court decision, very little has changed except that today it must be delivered in a language suspects understand or the evidence from interrogation can be blocked from trial. But not drunk driving. Operating a vehicle is not a Constitutional right, it is a privilege...

2006-03-29 15:10:57

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In two cases that could affect thousands of foreign citizens in U.S. prisons, the Supreme Court weighed on Wednesday what to do when foreigners have not been advised of their right to contact their consulate after being arrested. Most of the justices reacted skeptically to the argument that failure to tell foreign nationals of their Vienna Convention right to contact their consulate must result in throwing out their statements to the police....

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