right to remain silent


: the legal right not to say anything when arrested

Examples of right to remain silent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joshua obtained a lawyer and invoked his right to remain silent when police attempted to interview him, the warrant states. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 The congressional staffer, who has since resigned from his job, exercised his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and refused to talk to us. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 Davis, who by then had survived colon cancer and life in a racket with a prison-or-death retirement plan, stopped exercising his right to remain silent while others profited from his proffer. John L. Smith, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 During his interview, Payton said his attorney advised him not to speak to detectives, but waived his right to remain silent, according to video of it played at trial. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan. 2024 Jaros, the law professor, said these arguments from prosecutors mirror the protestations made more than half a century ago when the U.S. Supreme Court determined police have to inform a person of their right to remain silent and right to an attorney before questioning. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 5 Sep. 2023 Zuberi asserted his right to remain silent during a federal court appearance in Nevada, court records show. Maxine Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2023 The judge read Trump his rights, including his right to remain silent and right to an attorney. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 3 Aug. 2023 Crimo made the confession in a voluntary statement after being reminded of his right to remain silent, officials said. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 6 July 2022

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“Right to remain silent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20to%20remain%20silent. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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