Wednesday, June 2, 2010
What that means to me is that the guy kept his mouth shut and at some point decided to talk... this doesn't mean that your specific silence can be used against you. IMHO this Supreme court ruling changes very little.Wednesday, June 2, 2010
In a 5–4 decision on Tuesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that once a suspect of a criminal investigation is informed of his right to remain silent, he must specifically invoke that right if he does not want his words to be used against him.
Even if you tell a police officer that you don't want to answer any questions, but later start answering questions, your doing so is automatically assumed to be a forfeiture of your fifth amendment rights. Also you have the right to stop answering questions at any time after you've already begun answering.