Tuesday, July 29, 2008

God Bless America... and Don't Talk to the Police



(from Regent University School of Law via Metafilter)

1 comment:

padrepuffin said...

This is one of those practices that I am sympathetic to in principle, but I'm not sure I would be able to do when faced by the police, due to my agreeable nature and a desire not to be "that suspiciously uncooperative guy."

"Hello, this is Officer X. Did you hear anything unusual in the apartment below you last night?"
"I'm sorry, you're going to have to talk to my lawyer."

(Not to mention, I would then have to acquire a lawyer in short order.)

I also wonder how being a Christian plays into the question of whether or not to talk to the police. In some cases would we have a moral obligation to say something that we don't have a legal obligation to say? In some cases, waiting for legal representation could hinder an investigation and interfere with the state's ability to protect citizens and impose justice.