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But They Didn't Read Me My Rights!: Myths, Oddities, and Lies About Our Legal System Paperback – April 27, 2010
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More About the Author
Cicchini is the author of "Tried and Convicted: How Police, Prosecutors, and Judges Destroy Our Constitutional Rights" (Roman & Littlefield) and "But They Didn't Read Me My Rights! Myths, Oddities, and Lies About Our Legal System" (Prometheus Books). He has published several articles on criminal and constitutional law, including articles in the Fordham Law Review and Northwestern University's Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology. He also founded The Legal Watchdog blog where he writes on legal topics and, occasionally, goes well outside of his range to speculate on college sports, politics, and even physics.
Cicchini earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Marquette University Law School, and also holds an M.B.A. degree and a C.P.A. certificate. More information, including the full text of his articles and a link to The Legal Watchdog blog, can be found at www.CicchiniLaw.com.
Top Customer Reviews
That's been my experience in over twenty years of practicing law.
This book is an excellent primer for lay people wishing to get a quick fix on what the law and just how different that is from what either popular culture or even common sense might say it should be.
Here are a couple examples:
FIRST THE POLICE DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO READ YOU YOUR RIGHTS. While it's true that if one is placed under arrest the police are required to read you your rights if they intend to use what they say against you, it's also true that there are many exceptions to this rule. First among them of course is the fact that if you're not under arrest they have no requirement to read you your rights. This latter situation often occurs where the police will merely ask someone to show up at the precinct to answer questions about an incident. Anything one says at such a meeting is fair game and can be used against you. Likewise, statements volunteered by a suspect, even where that suspect is under arrest can sometimes be used in evidence against you. As this book suggests, these two examples are but the tip of the iceberg in terms of protections not afforded. So as always one is best advised to seek help from a competent lawyer.
SECOND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE DRIVING TO BE ARRESTED FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LIQUOR. In my state, Michigan, convictions have been upheld merely where the "driver" had a key in his posession and was physically present in the vehicle. This is contrary to older law which actually required that the person arrested for driving a vehicle while drunk actually have been...well...driving the vehicle.Read more ›
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