“You have the right to remain silent”

“What you lack is the capacity.”

Like almost all well-informed Americans, I get most of my information about the US legal systems from reruns of Law & Order.  If you watch that show enough — and I’ve seen all 456 episodes at least twice — you start to notice, most people on the show who go to jail only go there because they make the mistake of trusting Jerry Orbach’s hangdog face and answering his questions.

It isn’t like there’s a six-year-old child anywhere in American who can’t recite the Miranda warning by heart (the wisecrack from the top of this post comes from that cerebral legal drama Shrek 2).  Everyone can say it but no one, at least on TV, seems to remember it.

There are plenty of videos on the web — from  ACLU’s informative, if mawkish, video “Flex Your Right” to Chris Rock’s even more informative “How not to get your ass kicked by the police!” — warn you again and again, keep your mouth shut.

So I decided to just keep my mouth shut.  If any representative of law enforcement asks me a question, I’ll simply say nothing.

And that’s what I have been doing.  In upcoming posts, I will record my adventures so far.

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