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Doublethink is alive and well

In a most bizarre ruling, the Supreme Court of California has issued an opinion that before you are told you have a right to remain silent (Miranda warning), you must state you are invoking your right to remain silent or the silence can be used against you (The Union, Aug. 14; opinion at http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S202107.PDF). This means that, in spite of the Fifth Amendment, you don’t have a right to avoid self incrimination until the police give it to you.

George Orwell could not have done better.

Ned Russell



Grass Valley


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