Monday, May 10, 2010

Miranda & Terrorists

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows and indicated a change of course in the Obama administration's policy regarding reading Miranda warnings to suspected terrorists like Faisal Shahzad, who confessed to planting the botched bomb in Times Square.

Today on KTRS/St. Louis, I invited Laura Olson, senior counsel at The Constitution Project, to respond to that change of legal course. We discussed the already-present public safety exception, the fact that Shahzad continued to provide information to law enforcement authorities even after being apprised of his Miranda rights, why US citizens should be tried in civilian courts instead of military tribunals, and whether those rights apply to non-US-citizens, as well.

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