Supreme Court rules police can initiate suspect’s questioning

From (Edits by FactsNews)

Tue May 26, 2009 12:34pm EDT

By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that police, under certain circumstances, (which could be ANYTHING) can initiate an interrogation of a suspect without the defendant’s lawyer being present.

By a 5-4 (please, its ALWAYS 5-4) vote, the conservative majority overruled a 23-year-old Supreme Court decision that barred the police from initiating questioning after a defendant asserted the right to an attorney at an arraignment or similar proceeding.

The 1986 decision held that once a defendant invoked the right to counsel, only the suspect, and not the police, can initiate the contact.

The ruling was the latest in a recent string by conservative justices expanding the power of police to question suspects, but it does not change the landmark 1966 ruling barring the police from questioning a suspect who invoked the right to remain silent or have a lawyer present. (This is double speak, they said above that they can question you “under certain circumstances” which is ANYTHING!!!) (So much for the 6th Amendment)

Full Article

(Editing by Vicki Allen)


2 Responses

  1. Glad to see the court is hewing to the Constitution again, rather than to some arbitrary ideology.

  2. Just remain silent…. Is it that hard refuse to answer ANY questions without a lawyer? As far as I know waterboarding is not allowed in any of my local police stations.

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