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[23 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Do I Have the Right to an Attorney?

The words we all hear on television and the movies tell us it is so. Often referred to as the reading of the rights, the Miranda warnings require the police to tell someone being questioned that:
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at public expense.
Maybe.
If …

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[15 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
The Truth Shall (Not) Set You Free

I recently read a letter written by an inmate who wrote that he knew that the truth shall set you free. He then went on to say that well, I told the truth and I’m still not free.
The United States and the Mississippi Constitutions give us the right to remain silent or, put another way, not to incriminate ourselves. The words we all hear on television and in the movies grew out of this right. The famous Miranda warnings tell someone being questioned by the police that: You have the …