Thursday, June 3, 2010

Miranda and teaching the law to the masses

Thinking out loud here.

If SCOTUS now says that in order to invoke Miranda, you have to say to the police, "I am invoking my right to remain silent and I want a lawyer," is that something we should teach to children as part of their social studies or civics classes?  What about the concept that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it -- do we have an obligation to teach children that too?  Couldn't some parents object to that?  What do we do then?

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