Jul 28, 2008 No means no, and “I want a lawyer” means I want a lawyer
Praised be the majority of en banc Virginia Court of Appeals judges who voted to put teeth into Miranda, by saying that the police generally (after looking at the overall circumstances) must stop trying to interview a suspect once the suspect communicates the suspect’s wish for a lawyer. In this instance, the Defendant’s statement "I think I should get a lawyer" was sufficient to prevent police from continuing efforts to get the defendant to communicate. The case is Ferguson v. Com. ___ Va. App. ___ (July 22, 2008). Jon Katz.