What about the victims?

Miranda rights don't abrogate your responsibility to humanity

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The so-called “Miranda” warning advises criminal suspects of their rights under the law.

We may need a corresponding “Humanity” warning to advise them of their responsibilities under basic decency.

Nothing in the Miranda warning, after all, tells you that you can’t cooperate with police. Nothing in it tells you that you can’t help officers get to the bottom of a crime. Nothing in it tells you that you can’t do the right thing.

Forget your rights for a minute. What about your responsibilities?

The driver of the vehicle that hit three others while traveling the wrong way on the divided Riverwatch Parkway on Monday, and put six people in the hospital, was said to be not cooperating with sheriff’s deputies investigating the incident this week.

Nice. First you cause an accident that tears up three other vehicles and injures five other people, two of them critically, then you don’t cooperate?

What about their rights? Don’t you think innocent victims have a right to know what in the world happened and why? Or are they and the rest of the traveling public just going to have to play Miranda guessing games?

Why in the world would a driver blow past warning signs and up an exit ramp into oncoming cars – and reportedly at a high rate of speed? And in broad daylight?

A person who does such a thing ought to be remorseful and cooperative, damn the consequences. They ought to own up to what happened and let the chips fall where they may.

How can someone endanger so many lives and put so many people in the hospital and not help authorities figure out what happened?

Forget your Miranda rights, if that’s the holdup. What about your responsibilities under “Humanity”?

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/15/12 - 07:04 am
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what about HBSC laundering

what about HBSC laundering millions (billions?) of dollars for terrorists and drug cartels!?

no one even went to jail?

America, the land of limited liability!

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 12/15/12 - 07:59 am
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Blast from the Past
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Some people hold their tongues and are lauded for it.

Nixon's White House and its Plumbers spring to mind.

BTW. in case you've forgotten, the person at the center of the whole problem will have their day in court. That should be public, and I'd imagine the AC will have a reporter there, if they haven't streamlined the news staff by then.

The only important immediate need is to make sure there's no chance of a repeat by a mistaken driver, or is that your real concern. Your haste to condemn raises questions; is it that a person who made an honest mistake can reflect badly on the Authority Figures the conservatives at the AC continually worship. Are you afraid someone who is actually innocent might actually get off, even though you are SOOOO quick to blame?

Or, are you just upset, like the sharks in The Front Page, that some poor fool exercising their legal rights is preventing you from stirring up the pot with a juicy leader?

Calm down and assign a reporter to long term follow up. That might be a benefit to the community, if not a salacious news item you can use to flog papers.

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rmwhitley 12/15/12 - 09:53 am
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In a land
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where accusations of racism and bigotry out trump honesty and responsibility, you'll have lawlessness. My brother-in-law, a retired Superior Court judge, calls me a racist. I say to him, "absolutely". Until communities "grow up" and act like ADULTS, we'll have this kind of irresponsible lawlessness because people don't want to hurt someone's feelings. I've had my feelings hurt enough. Time to "man up" people.

swcohen
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swcohen 12/15/12 - 10:29 am
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I had a great rebuttal...

... concerning the Chronicle's scolding that we waive our constitutional rights if they've become burdensome to the pursuit of... justice. But then I thought about who I was saying this to. I chose instead to go out in the yard and shout at the crows. At least they pay attention.

Hey, next week, how about an editorial on how Habeus Corpus is such a pain in the butt when you're trying to mete out justice to the "guilty."

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/15/12 - 10:31 am
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Swcohen, I read your rebuttal

Swcohen, I read your rebuttal and agreed with it. Too bad, you had raised the level of intellectual discourse on the AC by a great bit.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/15/12 - 10:50 am
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She is within her rights and

She is within her rights and probably doing what her attorney advised. That's fine. Of course, refusing to cooperate is normally viewed as a defacto admission of guilt by the general public and hopefully the jury will see it that way when they convict her and make their sentencing recommendation.

swcohen
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swcohen 12/15/12 - 11:21 am
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Precisely...

... we are not the jury, nor are ACES, except in the court of public opinion. Everbody gets a fair trial, whether the aforesaid COPE likes it or not.

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americafirst 12/15/12 - 11:51 am
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What about the husband?

I haven't read anything about whether the husband, who only suffered minor injuries, has cooperated with the police. He was the one who reportedly was hanging outside his window waving his arms trying to warn on-coming traffic.

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