Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police - especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law. In this timely, relevant, and pragmatic new book, he expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen's constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. Getting a lawyer is not only the best policy, Professor Duane argues, it's also the advice law-enforcement professionals give their own kids.
Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American. Reflecting the most recent attitudes of the Supreme Court, Professor Duane argues that it is now even easier for police to use your own words against you. This lively and informative guide explains what everyone needs to know to protect themselves and those they love.
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Very clear information about the legal system and how it's built to deceive suspects. Everyone needs to read this and be aware of what to do if approached by a police officer or government agent. Especially if you're innocent and willing to give up information.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
I've seen Duane's YouTube video "Don't talk to the police", and listened to his talk at Cato so I was really worried when I saw that he was also the narrator. Many authors should never, ever, read their own book. I was worried because the man talks very quickly. For the Cato podcast I had to put his talk on 1/2 speed just so I could comprehend what the heck he was saying. Thankfully, for this book he speaks at a normal pace and does a very good job.
Yes, the basics of the book are don't talk to the police. Don't try to prove your innocence with the police. Don't plead the 5th and sit silently. Do invoke your 6th Amendment right by clearly saying "I want a lawyer." So then why do you need to still listen to this book? Because he includes several stories that bring home the point and explains the devil in the details. He provides examples of how the police lie to people and have people waive their rights and put innocent people in jail. It's the details that you need and to help remind you why you shouldn't do this or that.
He also reminds the listener to never ever lie to the police. Even a white lie will earn you jail time. Even a mistaken memory where you get some of your facts mixed up can be used against you. So to be safe, ask for a lawyer.
It was a good listen and very informative.
Just finished it and I'm going to start it again tomorrow. I'm also going to buy it for my GF and her daughter so they can listen to it on their own time. Highest recommendation. If you are on the fence about getting this audiobook search the author's name on YouTube and watch his lecture. BTW, the author's YouTube lecture was just a taste of what's in the book.
I say this is essential reading because it can literally keep you from going to jail or prison.
Before you assume that only those guilty of a crime can be incarcerated, listen to this book. This is not an anti-police, anti-government book. It's a book that explains your rights, how to use them properly and why those that don't, can have their life ruined. James gives factual examples of situations where innocent people end up in unthinkable situations.
James Duane's YouTube video has over 2,000,000 views. I've watched it (recommended to me by a lawyer) and feel this book is a great companion to the YouTube video.
The author's advice is the same advice that judges, lawyers and the police use and tell their families to use.
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