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You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

Narrated by: James Duane
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police - especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law. In this timely, relevant, and pragmatic new book, he expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen's constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. Getting a lawyer is not only the best policy, Professor Duane argues, it's also the advice law-enforcement professionals give their own kids.

Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American. Reflecting the most recent attitudes of the Supreme Court, Professor Duane argues that it is now even easier for police to use your own words against you. This lively and informative guide explains what everyone needs to know to protect themselves and those they love.

©2016 James Joseph Duane. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A Brilliant Book

A very interesting read full of very useful advice regarding Legal matters. I you get stopped by the Police make sure you are armed with the knowledge contained in this publication.

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Guilty of being a must-read for everyone !

The author is a great professor and an inspiration to any aspiring lawyer ! Hat,s off!

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  • Mark
  • 07-01-17

You won't look at the justice system the same waag

If you’ve ever thought “What’s the harm in talking to the police if I’ve done nothing wrong,” then you need to read this book. It starts with the simple fact that police detectives and district attorneys advise their own children to never talk to the police without a lawyer present. And near the end, it chronicles multiple cases where people were wrongly convicted based largely on completely true statements they made to the police. He rolls out some incredible statistics, like in one study of wrongly convicted people later vindicated by DNA evidence that found 40% included police testimony claiming the person said something “only the killer could've known.” The thing that most surprised me involved the rules of evidence regarding what you say to the police. If you say 300 things and 297 are exculpatory and 3 could be twisted against you, then in court, the police detective will only testify to the 3 things that make you look guilty and if the defense attorney tries to get the detective to discuss the other 297 things that work in your favor, that will be objected to as hearsay and the judge will agree. In other words, of the things you tell the police, only those that work against you will be allowed in court and nothing that works in your favor will. Consider that next time you think it can’t hurt to talk to the police without a lawyer. A short, powerful must read. Grade: A

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  • Marie
  • 04-11-16

Good to know and remember

I've seen Duane's YouTube video "Don't talk to the police", and listened to his talk at Cato so I was really worried when I saw that he was also the narrator. Many authors should never, ever, read their own book. I was worried because the man talks very quickly. For the Cato podcast I had to put his talk on 1/2 speed just so I could comprehend what the heck he was saying. Thankfully, for this book he speaks at a normal pace and does a very good job.

Yes, the basics of the book are don't talk to the police. Don't try to prove your innocence with the police. Don't plead the 5th and sit silently. Do invoke your 6th Amendment right by clearly saying "I want a lawyer." So then why do you need to still listen to this book? Because he includes several stories that bring home the point and explains the devil in the details. He provides examples of how the police lie to people and have people waive their rights and put innocent people in jail. It's the details that you need and to help remind you why you shouldn't do this or that.

He also reminds the listener to never ever lie to the police. Even a white lie will earn you jail time. Even a mistaken memory where you get some of your facts mixed up can be used against you. So to be safe, ask for a lawyer.

It was a good listen and very informative.

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  • jeremie vanek
  • 03-05-19

Everyone needs to read this Book.

Truly is a great and informative book on your rights as a citizen. every American needs to read this book.

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  • zulu1yankee2
  • 30-04-19

A must read!!!

This information is going to keep you out of jail by knowing how the justice system works.

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  • Benito Lazcano
  • 13-11-19

Learn how to invoke your Rights

This book is well written and read by the author. He is a Law Professor and knows how our rights are being eroded by the system. Every Body must read this book and every Parent must have their children read this book, if not listen to it and learn it!!
I saw The Video Professor James Duane made and how many people viewed it, on YouTube he speaks so fast, but not Narrated that way. I want and wish the People of this Nation to wake up and not allow our Rights to be eroded and made invalid by bent judges and crocked politicians. The Cops are trained to trick and deceive you, us. They do not know the law and go by what they are trained to do. SO STOP TALKING TO THE COPS OR ANY OTHER so called AGENT or OFFIICIAL !

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  • Tom Smith
  • 11-11-19

Excellant advice

Excellant advice, scary how an innocent person can go to prison for saying the wrong thing.

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  • Luzerspoon
  • 28-10-19

Must Read

James Duane details how cops can and will lie, manipulate, and maneuver their way to confessions and convictions based solely on their descression and how to combat this if you are unfortunate enough to be pulled into questions from police or government agents.

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  • Pablop960
  • 17-10-19

50,000 federal laws, U have broken one today

Law enforcement has lost our trust, it's on them, every American needs to listen to this book and every potential juror needs to question how evidence was obtained
I gave the story a four star because I would have liked more strategic solutions, what happens once an attorney is present.

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  • Austin
  • 14-08-19

absolutely essential

this might be the most important book you ever read. it should be required in schools, and parents should read it to their kids. the life or death stakes involved mean that every average citizen should know what all lawyers and cops know; don't talk to the police

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  • Sarah Sullivan
  • 31-07-19

everyone should read this book

I never knew how scary it would be to talk to thw police. Will have tactics on how to do that in the future.