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Under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, an accused person has the right to remain silent but the application of that right is more difficult than it appears. Depending on where you live, there are questions about how you invoke your right to remain silent and if you have to say explicitly that's what you're doing.
The right to remain silent is the subject of this week's Case In Point from The Marshall Project. The case involves a father who was referred to in court documents as S.S. In New Jersey, he was accused of molesting his four year old daughter. During the interrogation, S.S. repeatedly made comments that his lawyers say were ambiguously invoking his right to silence.