The Supreme Court ruled that suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent or want a lawyer to invoke their Miranda protection during interrogations. I'm pretty liberal guy, but I'm all for this conservative decision by the court.
Look, if you don't want to be convicted, the smartest thing you can do is shut up. Period. Don't talk. Demand a lawyer. It really is that simple.
But if everybody did just that, a lot of criminals would get away murder.
The point of the 5th Amendment isn't so that people don't confess. The point of a ban on forced self-incrimination is so that we don't torture people--guilty and innocent alike--into confessing.
I don't want forced confessions. I don't want false confessions. But I'm all for confessions. I mean if we're so worried about the right to remain silent, we could ban all interrogation of suspects. But that would be crazy.
There's not a hood rat in Baltimore or a person in America who doesn't know his or "right to remain silent." If somebody doesn't want to exercise that right, good for the rest of us. It shouldn't be the job of police to tell people to shut up.
You've got a murderer in a room. Three hours later police invoke God and the bad guy fesses up.