The Right To Lie to the Cops

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    The Right To Lie to the Cops

    by Anthony Gregory

    Recently by Anthony Gregory: Libertarian Strategy and Principle: A Long-Term View

    In Casey Anthony’s case we see an example of a grave injustice in the modern system. I’m not talking about her acquittal. When the prosecutor fails to prove someone’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the only responsible thing for the jury to do is refuse to damn the suspect to time in a cage. An innocent person imprisoned is so much worse than a guilty person let go, as in the former instance the state seduces all of society to cheer on and legitimize an injustice. Also, whereas justice for the guilty is at least a metaphysical possibility outside of prison, it is downright precluded institutionally for the innocent on the inside.

    The actual travesty here is the offense of which Casey Anthony has been convicted: four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. This should not be an offense in a free society, and I am struck by how little this horror has gained attention in the last week.


    Lying in most circumstances is immoral. And lying to cover up one’s crimes might be especially egregious, and arguably criminal in itself. But Casey Anthony was acquitted of the actual crime of murder. As far as the state is concerned, she has not been proven guilty. So why is her dishonesty with the police an offense against the law?

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    Obstruction of Justice...




    Legal Dictionary

    Main Entry: ob·struc·tion of justice
    Pronunciation: &b-'str&k-sh&n-

    : the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law esp. by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process obstruction of justice led to a more severe sentence>

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/obstruction+of+justice
     
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    THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW!!! And there is. How about obstruction of justice, an accomplice in a crime by aiding the criminal in getting away. And there is protection for such people written into law. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.:eusa_angel:
     
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    So when the cops lie to suspects is that obstruction?
     
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    I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you that the right is resorting to deceitful, despicable and reprehensible tactics.
     
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    I am pretty it is not. That would end undercover cops. I am in agreement with you basically on the issue, but the way to do it is remain silent. However when Susan McDougal remained silent, they sent her to prison. Catch 22.:eusa_angel:
     
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    You have the Right to Remain Silent. So far as I'm concerned the moment you choose to ignore that, you should be expected to tell the truth. Then again I'm in favor of modifying the First Amendment to remove lying or speaking falsehoods of any sort from the protections of the Amendment.
     
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    It isn't. And I am referring to this case.

    Central Park Jogger case - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The cops lied to the kids to get their confessions.
     
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    Everybody lies to the cops. The first words out of just about everybody's mouth is:

    "I didn't do it!"

    So, what's the difference?
     
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    Saving a life is more important?

    Was a Jew obstructing justice when he refused to identify himself as such to the gestapo?

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