Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Supreme Court Further Eviscerates Miranda Rights

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that a suspect must explicitly inform the police of an intent to remain silent and a need for a lawyer. (PBS article here; decision here [.pdf].)

Pretty soon, Mr. Bush's appointments to the Court will undo a half century of advances in civil liberties. The Justices voting to affirm the conviction... i.e., against a genuine Miranda right... were Kennedy, Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia, reversing the Sixth Circuit on the matter.

I am relieved to note that Sotomayor voted to sustain Miranda... much good it did. Bush apparently succeeded in his efforts to pack the Court.

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