Court Says Speak Up if You Want to Remain Silent

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Under Chief Justice Earl Warren, the US Supreme Court ruled that police must inform criminal suspects they have "the right to remain silent" until they talk to an attorney. Yesterday, in five-to-four ruling, the John Roberts court said suspects have to speak up and say they want to be silent. Dissenter Sonya Sotomayor said the conservative majority had turned Miranda Rights "upside down." Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Reagan Administration, is author of Constitutional Peril: the Life and Death Struggle of Our Constitution and Democracy.




Warren Olney