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For the thousandth time, you don’t need to consent to searches nor be interviewed by the cops

Mar 24, 2008 For the thousandth time, you don’t need to consent to searches nor be interviewed by the cops

When I spoke on the March 11 "Know Your Rights" panel at the University of Maryland, I told the audience how often potential clients say "Oh, sh*t" or something to that effect when I play them the Busted video to explain that they gave up rights that they had no obligation to give up. Shortly after that, I told an acquaintance about how often people waive their right to refuse searches; this very intelligent man whom I have known for over a quarter century responded with surprise that nobody needs to consent to a search.

Consequently, every time I am invited to talk to audiences about their right to remain silent and to refuse searches, I jump at the opportunity when my schedule permits. My next such appearance will once again be alongside Steve Silverman (we did a similar presentation for the undergraduate George Washington ACLU chapter and NORML last November 19), whose Flex Your Rights group produced the Busted video that is presented on every page of our blog. On March 26, 12:15 p.m. (addendum: on March 25, I learned that the announcement flyers say 12:00 p.m., but I will start at 12:15 p.m.), at a George Washington law school room to be announced (addendum: to be held in Stuart 201; enter at 2000 H St., and it’s at the G St. side of the quad), we will speak around thirty minutes before Busted is screened by the law school’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Everybody must know their Constitutional rights, whether or not they or those around them might become criminal suspects. If you live or work near the George Washington University law school, I encourage you to attend this March 26 event. If you do not, I urge that you read our rights page and view the Busted video today. Jon Katz.

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