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August 6, 2010

Miranda Rights changes

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 6:05 pm

I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time following the changes being made to the Miranda Rights.

Those are what the police read to suspects so that they don’t incriminate themselves….but here’s the thing I really don’t understand…why is it so bad that someone who has allegedly committed a crime might incriminate him/herself?

If you want to tell me that the point is to limit the coercion tactics of the police, I get and support that, but I can’t get behind protecting the rights of an alleged crimina.l (Unless of course they approached their intended victim and said, “you have the right to run far, far away from me”.)

If a criminal is stupid enough to confess to a crime I have no problem with that. Do you?

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3 Comments »

  1. I agree. In line with the ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ I think about if I was falsely arrested; I would want to know my rights up front to know what to expect. But if someone admits to something and he was not coerced, I think it should always be admissable. That’s where I get confused.

    Comment by Cyndi — August 6, 2010 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with Cyndi – people are sometimes wrongly accused and wrongly arrested – though oftentimes none of the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ hoopla seems to apply – the problem with the justice system is it’s evolved from trying to protect the innocent to a system that seeks to excuse the guilty at any cost. I never understood why someone who was caught red handed committing a crime can still get to court and plead ‘not guilty’.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 7, 2010 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  3. Interesting takes on the subject — thanks!

    Comment by love2wryte — August 8, 2010 @ 2:39 am | Reply


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