The police arrive at your workplace and ask to speak with you. Feeling embarrassed and confused, you agree to accompany them to an isolated room to answer questions. As you pass by the concerned looks and accusatory whispers of your co-workers, you wonder to yourself, “what did I do?” Once in the room, the feeling of helplessness becomes insurmountable. The officers have blocked the exit and begin to vehemently accuse you of a crime. Although you adamantly deny any involvement in or knowledge of the crime, the officers seem prepared to keep you in the room until you make a statement. Without ever being informed that you have the right to remain silent or the right to an attorney, you begin to talk. As you walk back through the office, this time in handcuffs, it dawns on you: you just confessed to a crime you did not commit.
The Right to Remain Silent. . . Sometimes: Why § 1983 Claims for Miranda Violations Are Necessary to Fifth Amendment Protection,
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