Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Activist Post: What You DON'T Say Might be Held Against You

Activist Post: What You DON'T Say Might be Held Against You: It's hard to believe, but yet another entrenched constitutional right is up for debate to be trampled upon: the right to remain silent. This right, in fact, even goes beyond the U.S. Constitution and has become a chestnut of virtue for all: silence is golden. Well, apparently not anymore if the Supreme Court sides for the police in the case of Salinas vs. Texas.

The case stems from a 1992 double-murder where police questioned Genevevo Salinas who was reported to have attended a party of the deceased. After Salinas voluntarily agreed to answer questions of the attending police officers, he refused one question: whether shotgun shells that were found at the scene would match a gun taken from the apartment. Instead, officers would later testify that his body language answered for him:

he 'looked down at the floor, shuffled his feet, bit his bottom lip, clinched his hands in his lap, began to tighten up.' (Source)

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