CBS News doesn’t seem to understand what ‘reading your Miranda rights’ means

Published April 4, 2013

Writes CBS news:

U.S. officials said the elite interrogation team would question Tsarnaev, a Massachusetts college student, without reading him his Miranda rights, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

Come on, guys — you should know better.

Reading someone his Miranda rights is just officially informing him of what his rights are. (So he can’t say “I didn’t know I could just stay silent.”) Even if you don’t read them to him, he still has them. He might have watched enough TV to know that he has the right to remain silent.

So no, reading him his rights doesn’t guarantee them. The Bill of Rights guarantees them. It’s just a matter of whether or not you remind him of that fact.



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