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  •  Catch 22? (2+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont, Tony Situ
    There is nothing to indicate that there is still a public energency
    If we don't ask this guy, how could we know whether there are still any bombs out there set to go off?  Or accomplices still at large?
    •  Exactly. There was nothing to indicate that the (0+ / 0-)

      Marathon bombs were about to go off - until they did.

      How the hell can you know he has no evidence of danger to the public unless you ask him?  Even then you don't know for sure, because he could lie, but you can at least make the attempt.

      Once the authorities have questioned him about possible existing danger, they will mirandize him and ask him questions about the already committed crimes.  If, before he is Mirandized, they ask him questions the answers to which would tend to incriminate him in the crime of which he has already committed, his answers will not be admissible, because bombs already exploded pose no public safety threat.  

      The suspect has nothing to lose if the authorities screw this up.  Won't hurt him a bit, in fact it might help him if they screwed up, were it not for the mountain of evidence not requiring any response from him.

      Once the authorities are satisfied that there is no additional public safety threat, it is in the government's best interest to immediately Mirandize the suspect.

      As I understand it they have 48 hours to ask their public safety questions.  I have a question.  Is the beginning of the 48 hours delayed for whatever time he is too incapacitated to be questioned?

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

      by ZedMont on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:56:20 PM PDT

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