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Salinas v. Texas and the Fifth Amendment
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:55:52 pm »
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On Monday, in a case called Salinas v. Texas that hasnít gotten the attention it deserves, the Supreme Court held that you remain silent at your peril. The court said that this is true even before youíre arrested, when the police are just informally asking questions. The courtís move to cut off the right to remain silent is wrong and also dangerousóbecause it encourages the kind of high-pressure questioning that can elicit false confessions.

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I find the implications of this exceptionally disconcerting.  The right to remain silent exists largely for the reason of protection against self incrimination, and realistically speaking, an uncomfortable reaction is expected of anybody caught under the scrutiny of a criminal investigation, regardless of their guilt or innocence.
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