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This Is Wrong

Posted by MEC on April 23, 2009

The Obama Administration is arguing in a Supreme Court case that police should be allowed under the Constitution to “initiate questions” when a defendant doesn’t have a lawyer present.

The government said defendants who don’t wish to talk to police don’t have to and that officers must respect that decision. But it said there is no reason a defendant who wants to should not be able to respond to officers’ questions.

I disagree completely. Too many defendants don’t have the knowledge or the social status to defend themselves from an overazealous pursuit of “case solved”. Without a lawyer present, there is too much opportunity for police to intimidate a defendant into “wanting” to answer questions, and too much opportunity to mislead or intimidate a defendant into giving the answers the police want to hear.

2 Responses to “This Is Wrong”

  1. Charles II said

    For a Constitutional law scholar, Mr. Obama sure seems favorably disposed to the Star Chamber.

  2. Doran said

    Power corrupts, almost absolute power etc. etc.

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