From Reuters.com (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)
(Editing by Vicki Allen)