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Are you really free to leave? Would you feel free to leave?

7 Feb

Are you really free to leave? Would you feel free to leave?

“Statements made by defendant during a station-house interview did not violate defendant’s Miranda rights when a reasonable innocent person would have understood herself free to leave at any time.”

Just one more stab to the right to remain silent.  Even when a “reasonable innocent person would felt free to leave,” they know damn well they cannot.  If you have officers questioning you in a police station, odds are you are not “free to leave.” 

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One Response to “Are you really free to leave? Would you feel free to leave?”

  1. Kjeld Lindsted February 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    We need to educate the public about these rights. People need to understand that they don’t have to give into being victims if they don’t want to. Don’t like talking to the police, ask to leave. If they give you the run around, call them on it. If they say “no, we need to talk to you” you’ve made them commit to something more than mere questioning and now they need a better reason. Citizens need to push this issue to avoid having it erode even further.

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