Wednesday, June 19, 2013
You have a right to remain silent, but only if you speak
Terrible split SCOTUS decision in Salinas v. Texas. From now on, simply remaining silent in the face of police questioning is not enough to invoke one's Fifth Amendment rights. Under this ruling, one has to specifically say that's what you're doing. So you still have a right to remain silent, theoretically, but only if you speak. See the opinion recap from SCOTUSBlog and past Grits coverage.