||In England and
Wales, the police make the
following statement when arresting a person:
"You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your
defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you
later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in
||This statement is very similar to the
Miranda Rights read to those under arrest in the
||So what's the difference?
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that no
one must incriminate himself or herself. Those under arrest in
the United States have the "right to remain silent" which "cannot be
held against (them) in a court of law."
||It seems like, in
Great Britain, a person
under arrest has to come up with an alibi or "defence" (defense in
the U.S.) pretty quickly.
||American audiences of the popular
television program Law and Order UK are quickly growing
accustomed to hearing Great Britain's "Right to Silence" read aloud.