Supreme Court Rules You Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

by 9 years ago

In a 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court ruled that you have to actually tell the police that you would like to remain silent — you can’t just remain silent — if you are arrested. So if you get hauled in and the police read you your Miranda rights, you have to say “I choose to remain silent” before you actually remain silent. The Justices argue that it’s the same as having to say that you want a lawyer, but, yeah, we still don’t get it.