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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You 662

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the should-have-just-left dept.
crackspackle writes "The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State of Texas earlier today in a murder trial where the defendant, prior to be taken into custody, had been questioned by the police and chose to remain silent on key questions. This fact was bought up at trial and used to convict him. Most of us have seen at least enough cop shows to know police must read a suspect their Miranda rights when placing them in custody. The issue was a bit murkier here in that the defendant had not yet been detained and while we all probably thought the freedom from self-incrimination was an implicit right as stated in the Constitution, apparently SCOTUS now thinks you have to claim that right or at least be properly mirandized first." It appears that if you are "free to leave at any time" you lose a few rights. Fancy trick, up there with getting kids to write apology letters.
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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

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  • Re:wtf (Score:5, Funny)

    by Rob the Bold (788862) on Monday June 17, 2013 @06:44PM (#44034907)

    Still bullshit to me. The fact that not explicitly stating that one is exercising one's rights implicitly means forgoing them? Does this mean that if I don't affirm my right to free speech or a fair trial that I cannot speak freely or will not get a fair trial?

    Dammit, man. What if they hadn't thought of those already? Stop giving them ideas!

  • Re:wtf (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 17, 2013 @08:40PM (#44035723)

    Cop: How's the weather?
    Person: Bit cold.
    Cop: Did you kill that guy?
    Person blinks in stupefied silence.
    SCOTA: GUILTY!

  • by cfsops (2922481) on Monday June 17, 2013 @10:22PM (#44036247)

    You're a motherfucking retarded cunt, you know that? Did you even bother to read the motherfucking ruling you retarded shitbag?

    I'm confused. Is the ac a cunt or a shitbag? Or are you suggesting they're one in the same? If so, how exactly does that work? Do you use a funnel? Or do you shit in a bag and then pipe it in like icing on a cake? Or is it a one-person thing where you construct a curved trough sort of thing that fits nicely over the crotch and directs the shit forward to its receptacle? How long is it expected to remain in there, just a few minutes or do you leave it there overnight to allow the different flavors to merge and mingle? In other words, do you consider this an eat-it-now, or eat-it-later thing?

    I'm also not clear on the "retarded" part. Since that term is traditionally applied in the context of intelligence, are you suggesting that cunts and/or shitbags are typically possessive of intelligence, but in the case of the ac, that intelligence has not "properly" formed? Or is this simply a reflection of position, i.e. not advanced, like the way advanced and retarded are used in relation to the throttle in an airplane?

  • Re:wtf (Score:4, Funny)

    by fnj (64210) on Monday June 17, 2013 @10:42PM (#44036317)

    one can wave certain rights

    You keep using that word. I do not believe it means what you think it means.

  • Re:wtf (Score:4, Funny)

    by dryeo (100693) on Monday June 17, 2013 @11:11PM (#44036425)

    You've never seen someone waving the bill of rights around?

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