Monthly Archives: June 2009
MILLIONS MOURN – INCLUDING ONE VERY SAD ASSOCIATE

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson, defined in equal parts as the world’s greatest entertainer and perhaps its most enigmatic figure, was about to attempt one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Then his life was cut shockingly — and so far, mysteriously — short. The 50-year-old musical superstar died Thursday, just as he was preparing…

“I WAS NOT READ MY RIGHTS – SHOULD MY CASE BE DISMISSED?”

The case of Miranda v. Arizona was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court, handed down on June 13, 1966, which outlined the rights of individuals in regard to interrogation while in police custody. In particular, it prescribed the admissibility of evidence gained from persons who have not been advised of their rights relating to the 5th and 6th Amendments to the US Constitution. Essentially, the Court held that if a suspect has not been advised of these rights, prior to being interrogated, than any evidence derived against them in that case cannot be used against them in a court of law. This ruling provides that anything a person says can be used against them, but again, only if the person has been informed of their right to consult with an attorney and of the right against self-incrimination. It must be demonstrated that an individual understood those rights and that he or she also voluntarily waived their rights if a statement was given. It is of paramount importance to understand that at all times any person reserves the right to remain silent – and should assert that right! It is also important to understand that the Miranda litany is not required to be given post arrest – it is only required if a person is in custody and is going to be interrogated! Thus, the lacks of advise after an arrest that does not involve questioning about the events that took place is not a relevant Constitutional issue.

HOWARD COUNTY: City and county crime log

Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. Prince George’s County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County Savage/North Laurel: Freestate Drive, 8800 block, 8:32 p.m. June 15. A 2004 BMW X5 car was being unloaded from a carrier at Carmax when it…

Two indicted for attack on security guard

Two men were indicted by a Howard County grand jury Wednesday on assault, handgun and other charges relating to an attack on a uniformed security guard in Columbia May 13. Rick Delon Britton, 20, of Odenton, and Derrod Alfonso Peterson, 18, of Columbia,  were indicted on counts of first- and second-degree assault, use of a…

Prince George’s police officer charged in bank robbery

The Associated Press 9:00 AM EDT, June 11, 2009 TEMPLE HILLS – Prince George’s County police have charged a county police officer in a Temple Hills bank robbery. Officers were called Wednesday to the SunTrust Bank in the 4600 block of Old Branch Ave. around 3:40 a.m. for a report of a man inside the…