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Lawyers or Media, Which is Worse?

Jul 19, 2015 | Ponderables

An article in yesterday’s paper says the officers charged in Gray’s death claim their rights have been denied them. One says she was not not Mirandized before giving her statement. And then she was called back in again for more questions. Attorneys for all six say their clients “provided statements under duress because they feared losing their jobs.”*

Excuse me, but … seriously? These are cops! And since they weren’t under arrest at the time, they did not need to be mirandized. But come on! How does a cop not know their Miranda rights? As often as they’ve read them to violators? And “provided statements under duress”? Are they new to the system or what?

And does not knowing you’re a suspect changed what happened? It may change what you sayabout what happened, but that’s as far as it goes. Look, I don’t know details, but I do know that everyone involved knows that SOP was not followed in Freddy Gray’s arrest. He would not have died had they been. So the cops involved are, by definition, culpable to some degree.

Now, all of that said, it is entirely possible that these are standard delaying techniques any defense attorney would use for any client. Other attorneys may understand this. I suspect if I were privy to a lot of other cases, I’d be saying the same thing. “What, are they kidding?!” So, I’d say maybe lawyers are the problem, if that weren’t so cliché.

As for statements being thrown out because the cops weren’t read their rights … come on! You’ve got to use a little common sense! It’s like HIPPA refusing to allow doctors to post baby patient pictures on their walls. (February 8, 2015 post)

Maybe the fault is with the media for making a big deal about it. Sometimes, I’m not sure the line between reporting the news and creating it doesn’t get a little blurred. I don’t know. What I do know is, something is way off here. Hardly an original sentiment, I know.

I don’t know what the answer is. But CNN used to end its shows with good news. I don’t know if they still do, but my vote is we should demand more of that.

*Rector, Kevin. “Rights Denied, Officers Claim.” Baltimore Sun, Saturday, July 18, 2015.   by Kevin Rector.

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