Tag Archive: Fifth Amendment

Dec 01 2015

Silver Verdict Shows Risks of “Right to Remain Silent”

The recent “Guilty” verdict in the criminal trial of powerful NY politician Sheldon Silver sent a lot of loud and clear messages. Many in power in Albany use their positions for personal gain. Politicians who stay too long get to feel invincible and untouchable. When the Feds come after you, you’re in trouble. But it …

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Jul 15 2015

Proposed Ban on Swastika Not Enforceable

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray held a press conference yesterday to propose a ban on use of the swastika in any location including the air. Joined by Jewish leaders, she made her comments at Point Lookout Town Park, where a plane trailing a swastika banner flew along the beach Saturday. Was that act offensive? …

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Jun 19 2013

Supremes Rule You Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that a person who is being interrogated by the police cannot just remain silent in order to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, he must actually invoke the privilege before he can obtain its benefits. In Salinas v. Texas the court, split 5-4 along the traditional ideological lines …

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Mar 30 2012

Louis Vuitton Wins Big in Knock-Off Case That Awarded Attorney’s Fees On Top of Statutory Damages

Famed handbag maker and design house stalwart Louis Vuitton won a major victory yesterday in the Second Circuit, the Federal Appeals court covering cases arising out of New York, Connecticut and Vermont. In a potentially game-changing decision, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. LY, USA Inc. et al , the court settled an unclear issue in …

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