Monday, December 14, 2009

The Top 8 Reasons
Not to Talk to Cops

I found this video to be most fascinating. James Duane, a professor at Regent Law School and a former defense attorney, tells his class why no one should ever agree to be interviewed by the police without their lawyer present. This segment is primarily relevant to those who are innocent and have nothing to hide.

A second video gives equal time to a police detective. He basically agrees that everyone should stand by their Fifth Amendment rights and never waive the protections mentioned in the "Miranda warning." It is primarily relevant to those who are not entirely innocent or do have something to hide.

Each video is half an hour. Prof. Duane comes across as a fast-talking smoothy who could prosper selling vegetable slicers on late night television, but his argument seems comprehensive and well-founded.

I found these via a blog post by
Pascal Meunier, which is also well worth a read.

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Comment by Anonymous Anonymous:

Indeed, it's fascinating. One could speculate that one reason for the advice is that the case doesn't go to court if the suspect talks, and then the lawyer earns less; but really, if you want to help the police find the culprit, you should tell them what you know about the case (i.e. act like a witness) and NOT tell them about yourself as that's not going to help them find them who did it.

8:38 AM  
Comment by Blogger TexArk:

Maybe -- if you are guilty of what the cops are interested in you should keep your mouth shut. But if you stay out of trouble and obey the laws it won't be an issue. The lack of morality and general sorriness of a large segment of Americans has guttered this country. Crooks get away and laugh at the rest of us. A young man I trusted due to past good work stole $4k that I advanced for water services last year. He was no billed by a grand jury---and admitted he took the money -- but couldn't or wouldn't do the work. So talk or not --you will probably walk. Lawyers and judges use the law and the Constitution as it suits them. Only the victim has no rights.

8:16 AM  

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