Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Miranda Courtoon

4 Responses to “Tuesday, February 10, 2009”

  1. Steve Says:

    very sad, but very true. sigh

  2. vetinari Says:

    Sadly, appeal courts seem to not care about these type of fundamentals short of the cops actually beating the accused with a copy the text… and even then, they would say that the cops discharged their duty by making the accused aware of their rights.

  3. Michael Feigin, Esq. Says:

    Miranda warnings are only still around because getting rid of them would be political suicide. They only even have a chance of helping in such limited circumstances.

  4. Tracey Says:

    Miranda warnings are at this point so well-known that Pennsylvania motor vehicle law has a whole line of cases on the subject of being “Mirandized by television”: a driver refuses to submit to a sobriety test without talking to his lawyer first, the cop tells him that he has no right to speak to an attorney before a sobriety test (which is correct), but the drunk driver insists that he “knows his rights!!!” … because he’s seen it on TV. Because TV has so deeply ingrained this into our brains, the cop is actually obligated to explain to the driver that Miranda rights do *not* apply to sobriety tests!

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