Miranda rights: Where did the right to remain silent come from

Justice, Policies

Miranda rights: Where did the right to remain silent come from

Sgt. Joe Friday on “Dragnet” delivered the lines we have all heard on TV cop shows for years in his characteristic monotone, just-the-facts-ma’am voice.

Wisecracking “Law and Order” detective Lennie Briscoe always added a little dig when he put the cuffs on a bad guy. “You probably know this next part by heart. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law …” Briscoe said in one episode of the popular crime drama that enjoyed a 20-year run and spawned several spinoffs.

Everyone who he ever turned on the television probably knows those 41 words just as well as or better than they know the Pledge of Allegiance.

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The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas

Civil War, Threats

The Civil War in Nicaragua: Inside the Sandinistas

During the 1980s, Americans ranging from Congressmen to political pilgrims tended to view and deal with Nicaragua’s Sandinistas and the Contra War according to their own personal and political agendas. The Civil War in Nicaragua Is unique among the dozens of books on these events, because it gives an inside view of what was going on, how and why policies were made by Nicaragua’s new clique of nine, and what Impact those policies had on Nicaragua, the United States, and beyond

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