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  •  Suspicious, Yes, But... (2+ / 0-)
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    daeros, MPociask
    The subject of this story was not being charged in a criminal courtroom... He was supposed to speak before a legislative committee that does not sentence people to prison or deprive people of liberty, rights, or due process.
    Yes, but what if his attorney has advised him that answering certain questions would expose him to (further?) criminal prosecution? Or that certain answers might expose him and/or the state (NJ) to (further?) civil liability?

    If he has something to hide in the area of criminal liability, keeping that close at hand could come in handy if it gets to any plea bargain situation if criminal charges are filed.

    You meet them halfway with love, peace, and persuasion ~ And expect them to rise for the occasion...

    by paz3 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 11:33:14 AM PST

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    •  Like asking him where he worked previously? (1+ / 0-)
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      Don't see how the 5th covers not answering that question.

      •  It may lead to further questions (0+ / 0-)

        and once you've answered the first one, you are at risk of a judge ruling that you've allowed the door to open on all the others.

        So sound legal advice to someone in this situation is that you answer your name and not much else.

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