Suspects must verbally state they do not wish to talk under new Supreme Court ruling

In a Supreme Court ruling delivered today, suspects will now have to tell Police that they do not wish to talk.

Newly appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor, was opposed to the ruling, stating that it turned American’s rights of protection from Police abuse “upside down”. Apparently the majority of her colleagues did not feel the same way.

Justice Kennedy said that a suspect who talks to Police AFTER being told he doesn’t have to, then waives his right to remain silent. Sounds fair.

Their decision came about by way of appeal from Van Chester Thompkins. Thompkins was convicted of a murder in Michigan in 2000. After receiving the Miranda warning he agreed with a Police Officer who had been questioning him that he prayed for forgiveness for “shooting down that boy.”

ACLU attorneys and inmate lobbyists will no doubt complain about the decision, but like Scott Burns, Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association says; “Is it too much to ask for a criminal suspect to say he doesn’t want to talk to Police?”

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