You have right to remain silent, but do you have the ability?

Eric Goody was arrested in Tampa yesterday, accused of being a “serial robber.” Paraded in front of news cameras by detectives, Goody essentially admits the crimes into the microphone stuck in his face: “I was living on the streets, I did what I had to do, I’m sorry.” No attorney in sight to tell him this important tip:

Dude, shut up. Remain silent. You can’t talk yourself out of being arrested. And now your cameo on BayNews9 is admissible at your trial as a voluntary statement, not protected by Miranda.

I think it is atrocious that law enforcement allows the media up-close access to a suspect without an attorney present. Richard McTear (alleged to have thrown a baby out of a car) was in the same situation, as have been many others recently. Some keep quiet, others don’t (like McTear’s infamous statement, “it’s a dirty game”, whatever that means).

Of course, detectives and reporters don’t care about his rights, don’t kid yourself. Cops want to look good by catching the bad guy, the press only wants to sell stories. And if you had a chance at trial, that is now impossible with your broadcast admission.

So, knowing that law enforcement and the reporters will never tell you this, here is your free legal advice for he day: do not make any statements until you have consulted an experienced criminal defense attorney.

You have the right to remain silent. What most of you lack is the ability.

2 thoughts on “You have right to remain silent, but do you have the ability?”

  1. Joe, I agree. It is amazing what the police will say and do to try and get a suspect to talk. And then even the slightest admission will be used by the State to build their case.

  2. Joe, how right you are. Law enforcement will say and do amazing things in order to get a statement from a suspect. And despite their telling the suspect that it will go easier on them; even the slightest admissions will be used against them.

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