You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

What Police Officers Tell Their Children About the Fifth Amendment

Book - 2016
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Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American.
Publisher: New York : Little A 2016.
ISBN: 9781503933392
Branch Call Number: 345.05 DUANE
Characteristics: 137 pages ; 18 cm


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Aug 12, 2017

This book has tremendous value, even though it is rather poorly written. The poorly organized and repetitive nature can perhaps be forgiven once one realizes that the entirety of the book can be summarized in just four lines:

There are only two questions you should answer when asked by the police:
1. Who are you?
2. What are you doing right here, right now?
The only other communication you should have is to say, “I want a lawyer.”

Believe me, if you read this book, you will fully accept the wisdom of the above-referenced lines.

From other sources I have also learned that there are only two questions that you should ask the police:
1. Am I under arrest?
2. Am I free to go?

Forewarned is forearmed. Go in peace.

Oct 11, 2016

Five must-read books this year: this one, Chain of Title, by David Dayen, Retirement Heist, by Ellen Schultz, Dark Money, by Jane Meyer, and The Devil's Chessboard, by David Talbot.

Oct 10, 2016

This book should be read by Americans of all political persuasions as it highlights an aspect of the criminal (in-)justice system that should be of concern to all Americans: The steady and significant erosion of the right ostensibly protected by the Fifth Amendment. Prof. Duane persuasively demonstrates how judicial elites--Left and Right--have whipsawed the Fifth Amendment to the point that, as he documents, to invoke it during police questioning can now be legally construed in court as evidence of guilt even as failing to avail yourself of it can be dangerous to your liberty and life.


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Aug 12, 2017

The Miranda warning is literal. “Anything you say may be used against you,” means it CAN ONLY be used against you. If you say something to the police in your defense, it will not be allowed to be presented in court.

There are only two questions you should answer when asked by the police:
1. Who are you?
2. What are you doing right here, right now?

DO NOT invoke your right to remain silent (the 5th amendment). The weight of current legal opinion (via Supreme Court Rulings) is that silence equals guilt.

DO invoke your right to have an attorney present when being questioned (the 6th amendment) by saying these four unambiguous words: “I want a lawyer.”

Poorly written, repetitive and disorganized, this summary relates the invaluable essence of the books teaching.


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