The U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision striking down Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship voting law got the big headlines Monday, but the court also issued a curious decision in a Texas murder case that caught our attention. Turns out, the Fifth Amendment doesn’t automatically protect one’s right to silence.
There isn’t a television-watching American who doesn’t know that the Constitution grants suspects the right to remain silent when questioned by police and that anything they say can and will be used against them at trial. The fine print in the right to silence is silence can be used to win a conviction if a suspect, in certain circumstances, doesn’t tell police he’s being silent for constitutional reasons. Simply refusing to answer their questions is no protection at all.
The story you’re reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In