While we were busy watching SCOTUS for the Voting Rights Act, Prop. 8 and DOMA, a bunch of other really troubling rulings came down. One of them was in the case of Salinas v. Texas where the justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that until your miranda rights are invoked or read to you, remaining silent can be used against you in court.
What this means? The 5th Amendment guarantees you the right to not incriminate yourself in a criminal matter. As a part of your miranda rights “you have the right to remain silent” is told to you when you are arrested. BUT let’s say you go down to the station voluntarily with police for questioning like Salinas did or you happen to be stopped by the police for looking suspicious and they ask you some questions about what you’re up to see if they will arrest you; until…
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