During the press conference this evening, the question of whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been read Miranda rights arose. Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney, noted that they had not read him the rights, but were employing the “public safety exception”. The following is a good explanation of the exception.
Click through to read a fair explanation of the “public safety” exception. But as always, I’m deeply concerned at ever expanding “execptions” eroding the rights of citizens (and permanent legal residents, for that matter).
I would say as a rule of thumb, anything asked and answered outside of Miranda, you’d better be prepared for it to be suppressed at trial. And that’s not a “crook getting off on a technicality.” That’s a fundamental protection of our rights.