Monthly Archives: February 2006

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Empty Promises Police officers’ promises of leniency are usually empty. Police officers may recommend a light sentence, but at the end of the day it’s prosecutors and judges who normally determine punishment on the basis of statutory requirements and political … Continue reading

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1.It is important that they be looking at the speaker at the precise moment when the speaker reestablishes eye contact: if they are not looking, the speaker assumes that they are disinterested and either will pause until eye contact is … Continue reading

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· Suspects who are in custody are psychologically vulnerable. Many suspects are intimidated by jail conditions, and talk in order to please the jailers who are suddenly in control of their lives. · Police often lead a suspect to believe … Continue reading

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22. What Does It Mean to "Waive" My Miranda Rights? Suspects "waive" (give up放弃) their Miranda rights by talking to police officers after having been advised that they have the right not to. To avoid disputes in court about whether … Continue reading

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Case Example: Officer Starsky stops Hutch for running a red light. After issuing a ticket, the officer orders Hutch from the car and questions him about a burglary which had taken place nearby. Officer Starsky does not give Hutch the … Continue reading

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Case Example: Officer Roy Altie responds to a call to investigate a purse-snatching(抢包) incident. The officer learns from the victim that the culprit was a white male, about 5′ 10" tall, weighing about 175 pounds and wearing a light-colored sweatshirt. … Continue reading

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17. After I’m Arrested, Is It Ever a Good Idea to Talk to the Police? Not without talking to a lawyer first. Talking to the police is almost always hazardous to the health of a defense case, and defense attorneys … Continue reading

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