5/02/2012

Dr. Arnold Smith was arrested and charged with plotting to kill Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham.

Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution - Don't Talk to Police

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Is it to late?  Have they both Talked to the Police?

Dr. Arnold Smith was arrested and charged with plotting to kill Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham.


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An law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.

Don't Talk to Cops

Unless you are the victim of a crime and are calling police to report it, you shouldn't ever talk to the police. Nothing good can ever come of it. After seeing what has happened in dozens of criminal cases, I can state first-hand - there is no benefit whatsoever in talking to the cops. Never. Regardless of innocence or guilt. Regardless of anything.

That's what I tell every friend I have - be polite, but never talk to them beyond answering basic questions, such as giving your identity (which is required in many jurisdictions by statute). Beyond that, it is best not to say anything except that you don't consent to any searches and asking if you are free to go.

But don't take my word for it. From reading of yet another case of testilying, I came across this video by a law professor and he is far more convincing on this topic than I ever could be:


Finally, here's a (long) video about how to deal with cops:


(One final comment: The only thing I would add to the post I linked to about LA Cops lying is that, contrary to the thread, it really isn't an LA problem - it is a general problem with the police. Not that all police lie, but that this sort of thing is not particularly unique to LA.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Text

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.



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