First, a word about Miranda rights, for those of you not from the U.S. Miranda rights are a warning that is required to be given by police in the U.S. to criminal suspects in police custody before they are interrogated. The warning informs them about their constitutional rights. An elicited incriminating statement by a suspect will not constitute admissible evidence unless the suspect was informed of the right to decline to make self-incriminatory statements and the right to legal counsel (if he or she is indigent, an attorney will be provided at no cost to represent her or him). The right to remain silent and be represented by an attorney are important elements of the right to a fair trial and of a civilized criminal justice system.
This t-shirt is an ironic reaction to a recent Supreme Court Decision ruling that silence is no longer an adequate indication that you wish to invoke your right to remain silent. Instead, an accused person who wants to invoke his or her right to remain silent must to do so unambiguously. So, in other words, you have to speak in order to claim your right to remain silent… Hence the t-shirt, allowing you to remain silent and “speak” at the same time.
More political t-shirts here.
- Who read Miranda rights to plotter? (politico.com)
- Time to Codify a Miranda Exception for Terrorists? (volokh.com)