Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Miranda is 40!

Actually, neither my human nor I know anybody (human or feline) called Miranda.

The Miranda in question refers to Ernesto Miranda and a US Supreme Court case.

As a result of that decision (exactly 40 years ago), Americans who are arrested are now told:
You have the right to remain silent. If you give up that right, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney and to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you at no cost. During any questioning, you may decide at any time to exercise these rights, not answer any questions, or make any statements.

This is known as the Miranda warning.

In Sydney, Australia (and elsewhere in the state of New South Wales), a person arrested would be told:
You are not obliged to say or do anything unless you wish to do so, but whatever you say or do may be used in evidence. Do you understand?

In the UK, the warning is:
You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something that you later rely on in court. Anything you say may be given in evidence.
You do not have to say anything unless you wish to do so, but I must warn you that if you fail to mention any fact which you rely on in your defence in court, your failure to take this opportunity to mention it may be treated in court as supporting any relevant evidence against you. If you do wish to say anything, what you say may be given in evidence.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


It was so cold again last night. It was -5 degrees Celsius. I couldn't decide whether to stay under the covers so kept on going under and out again, and under and out again, until after the fourth time, my human feigned sleep to ignore me. Hmmphh!

He went back to work today, but returned early as his training course (conducted out of the office finished a little bit earlier than scheduled). I greeted him at the door and meowed and meowed (translation: YELLED) at him that I was starving, but he chose to ignore this fact and told me to wait while he cooked my chicken soup (using a whole free range chicken, carrots and potatoes) for my dinner.

Music that we have been listening to lately is - Snow Patrol, in particular Eyes Open (click for Amazon samplers).



Blogger Sir Higson Nick said...

My human Softie loves Snow Patrol's "Chocolate."

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