Defendants: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! Remain silent!

This is a story about how not to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

First, let me give you the link:

The story is this: some guy accused of murder has taken to the cyper-sewer MySpace to defend himself. He has been linked to the murder of his girlfriend via association, cell phone records, voicemail messages, and being seen with the decendent on the day of her demise.

See full size imageOK, you have the right (and I would argue, the obligation) to defend yourself. BUT DON’T DO IT ON MYSPACE. OR ANY OTHER SPACE. OR ON TV, OR RADIO, OR “THE VIEW” (ala former Governor Blogo . . . who, as Ren Hoek would say, is an eeeeeediot). Anyway, there is a time and place to defend yourself – COURT. Don’t go making statements without talking to an attorney. Blago’s appearances last week on TV and radio were an obvious attempt to sway a potential Federal jury in his direction, and could not have been done at the behest of any ethical counsel. Don’t do it – it will haunt you later.

Consult a lawyer! Even if it is a court appointed attorney. They have been in trial – you have not. Do NOT let a well-intended statement bite you in the buttocks later on. Check the Fifth Amendment of the good ol’ U.S. Constitution.

Remember: You have the right to remain silent. What is in question is whether you have the ability to do so!

Go to to contact a lawyer now. PEACE – the bLAWgger. . . . and The Honorable Ren Hoek:

Author: Joe Bodiford

Tallahassee criminal defense attorney. Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy, and AV* rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Former adjunct professor of law and co-director of the Trial Team at Florida State University College of Law; former adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law (Florida criminal procedure, Trial Advocacy). Curator of Advocacy Underground. Practicing in the area of State and Federal Criminal Trial and Appeals. Visit us at!