Book Review: You Have The Right To Remain Innocent by James Duane

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You Have The Right To Remain Innocent

“Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.”-Former United States Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Watts v. Indiana

Many times, we hear about convicted offenders who confess to crimes, who would later admit they didn’t commit the crime and it turns out that they weren’t lying. Some suspects feel pressure by the police to talk, during the interrogation process. Even in simple traffic and pedestrian stops like we now call stop-n-frisk citizens give out too much information, that might find them in the nearest jail or prison because one didn’t know when to keep their mouth shut.

I have always said, if I commit a crime let’s say hypothetically robbed a bank I won’t say a damn thing to the police If I’m picked up and question as a possible suspect in the crime and I’m innocent, talking to the police is the worse thing one can do. Let’s use the Central 5 case as an example, where five young black men were interrogated for hours, and eventually confess to a crime they didn’t commit. What should have happened in that case is that all of them shouldn’t have said a word. Once the parents arrived, the parents should have requested their kids to be released or charge. Otherwise, everything (especially talking to the police) is off the table.

Well, author and law professor James Duane breaks down when a citizen should talk to the police, which is in very rare circumstances in the book entitled You Have The Right To Remain Innocent. Duane let’s the readers becomes aware that the police’s job is to use one’s words against you and that one has the right to remain silent.

Real cases are discuss and evaluated to give the reader an understanding at what’s at risk when one discloses too much information to the police. Some of these real life stories are nothing short of how the criminal justice system needs revamping in the worse way. It’s frightening how so many innocent people are caught up in the criminal justice system, who were innocent because they just couldn’t keep their mouth shut. In other words, the things one says can be used against you.

This book is a guide, that should be followed especially in the event that one finds themselves in the presence of the police being peppered with questions. If one wants the extreme short version, a simple Google search of James Duane on YouTube would be suffice in getting the same information that is in this short guide, but it’s still worth the read. Lastly, this guide is imperative to those who need to get familiar with one’s constitutional rights as it relates to interactions with the police, and it drives home the consequences of those who talk to much to them, which can be used against you.

Rating 4 out 5.

-Ms Scripter

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Episode 23: Interview with Legalshield Director Wendel Cutler

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FTM_logo2-Small1.jpgIn this episode, Chris and Debbie interview Legalshield Director of the NYC branch office – Wendel Cutler. We discuss the importance of obtaining the services of Legalshield, the various options that Legalshield has to offer. Various situations may occur involving the help of legal representation. From drafting of wills, power of attorney documents, help with fighting housing, mortgage issues, etc. Lastly, we discuss the latest news from sports entertainment and current social affairs like the update concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Songs used for this episode:

  • Stevie Wonder – “Living for the City”.

-Ms Scripter

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Did Mathew Knowles Steal From Beyonce?

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NEW YORK –  TMZ was one of the first to report (after obtaining legal documents) the reason why Beyonce severed ties with her dad Mathew Knowles as her manager. An audit was conducted of Beyonce’s last tour, which resulted in missing funds that Mr. Knowles allegedly stolen. Mr. Knowles is now seeking to clear his name by suing Live Nation for defamation of character, who reported the theft to Beyonce. Here is the initial report by TMZ:

 

 

In the documents — obtained by TMZ — Mathew Knowles claims Live Nation Entertainment wanted desperately to sink its fangs into Beyonce’s 2011 world tour.   According to the docs, Mathew claims Live Nation told Beyonce that Mathew “had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds that [he] was not entitled to.”

Mathew claims Live Nation was effective, because Beyonce had her law firm conduct an audit, and the law firm concluded Mathew had indeed pilfered money from her.  Beyonce then fired him.

Mathew claims after he was canned, Beyonce hired a manager who had worked as a former exec at Live Nation and maintained a relationship with the company.

Mathew insists the theft accusations by Live Nation are false, and he wants the judge to give him the right to take depositions of various people at Live Nation, to determine just how they concluded he was a thief.

We could not reach Beyonce’s rep for comment.

I do not want to believe that parents would steal from their own children, but it has occurred before. The late Gary Coleman successfully sued his parents when he found out they misappropriated assets and paid themselves excessive commission. I will not rush to judgment here, but this entire fiasco is turning out to be an unmitigated mess. For Mr. Knowles sake I hope he can clear his name. The last thing he wants is any of his current artist in the Gospel circuit to start deeming him as untrustworthy. That would be bad for business.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for-the-masses, ya dig?

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