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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.

©2016 James Joseph Duane. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 01-07-17

You won't look at the justice system the same waag

If you’ve ever thought “What’s the harm in talking to the police if I’ve done nothing wrong,” then you need to read this book. It starts with the simple fact that police detectives and district attorneys advise their own children to never talk to the police without a lawyer present. And near the end, it chronicles multiple cases where people were wrongly convicted based largely on completely true statements they made to the police. He rolls out some incredible statistics, like in one study of wrongly convicted people later vindicated by DNA evidence that found 40% included police testimony claiming the person said something “only the killer could've known.” The thing that most surprised me involved the rules of evidence regarding what you say to the police. If you say 300 things and 297 are exculpatory and 3 could be twisted against you, then in court, the police detective will only testify to the 3 things that make you look guilty and if the defense attorney tries to get the detective to discuss the other 297 things that work in your favor, that will be objected to as hearsay and the judge will agree. In other words, of the things you tell the police, only those that work against you will be allowed in court and nothing that works in your favor will. Consider that next time you think it can’t hurt to talk to the police without a lawyer. A short, powerful must read. Grade: A

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  • Marie
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 11-04-16

Good to know and remember

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.

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  • GMJ
  • Michigan
  • 02-17-18

<br />Very well presented.

Short, sweet, concise & pertinent information. In the current climate of "thought crime's", this is almost mandatory reading for U.S. citizens IMHO. Delivered in a fast enough cadence to solicit rapt attention complete with knowledgeable narration.

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  • Tonja
  • Greencastle, IN
  • 01-30-18

very educational

loved it, very glad I bought it. I will definitely be taking this man at his word and follow his advise. Everyone should read this just to keep themselves safe,. The law has certainly gotten out of control,

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A MUST READ!!!

Professor Duane speaks a lot slower than his YouTube video but he's just as informative. I look forward to more books from him!!!

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Outstandingly relevant information.

Extremely important for all Americans living in these critical hard times to hear and understand the information in this book.

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Everyone should read this book!

Scary but true. Scary to think of all the innocent people who get arrested and convicted because of ignorance and poor malice

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Brief but important

Duane speaks more slowly here than in his famous YouTube video; one assumes that the editor provided some important guidance.

Overall, the message remains the same: you cannot afford to assume that the nice 👮 police person is here to help you. Almost anything you might want to say to a public official could get you in trouble, regardless of its apparent innocent import - so don't say anything, except to ask for a lawyer.

This was a brief, but incredibly important (and scary) listen; law is effectively out of control and beyond any individual's understanding. Given such a context, where simply buying a bottle of vinegar could be a crime, the only way to protect yourself from arbitrary injustice is to - as a famous porcine Latin orator once should have said - "oday otnay aysay anythingway"... and of course "askway orfay away awyerlay".

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Very informative<br />

This book was very informative and I am so glad that I have purchased it.

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shared this with every one I know

best advice ever and I am a government agent. I agree whole heartedly with this advice. #lwyrup

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  • Vornicu Radu - Tudor
  • 11-20-17

Guilty of being a must-read for everyone !

The author is a great professor and an inspiration to any aspiring lawyer ! Hat,s off!