The bombings at the Boston Marathon have brought many issues to light. It has renewed America’s interest in its own safety, it has shown that terror and violence can come at any time and in anyplace, and it has brought to light the meaning of you have the right to remain silent.
Miranda v. Arizona is the seminal case that carved in stone a person’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. No longer were the police permitted to question a person in the absence of advising them that anything they said can and would be used against them in a court of law. But that stone which houses the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination has been steadily eroding and nowhere do we see it more prevalent then when there is talk of terrorism.
A man, who has been married for twenty-two years, suddenly dies of a heart attack on Sunday. At some point during the course of the day, the man’s cell phone rings and the couple’s youngest son answers the phone. He tells the female caller that his father has died. Some hours later the female caller appears at the house with an entourage trying to get access to the house. The wife of twenty-two years confronts the female caller who arrived at the house and demands to know who she is. The female caller says she is the deceased’s wife. The man’s wife of twenty-two years calls the police. When the police arrive the female caller shows them a marriage certificate, dated four years ago. The wife of twenty-two years shows her marriage certificate as well as the deed to the house with her and her husband’s name on it. The police tell the female caller she cannot come into the house and she has to go to court.