Levin v. McCain on Miranda Rights
6:36 PM, May 4, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Washington Post reports:
John McCain said earlier today on Sean Hannity's radio show that the top priority should be preventing future attacks, not securing a conviction: "When we detain terrorism suspects our top priority should be finding out what intelligence they have that could prevent future attacks and save American lives."
McCain told Hannity that as an American citizen Shahzad "has a right not to self-incriminate." He clarified to Politico that his objection to reading Shahzad Miranda rights is that it shouldn't be done immediately: "What I was talking about was that we don’t have to Mirandize someone immediately. You don’t – before you charge them, there’s time that elapses."
Time reported that Shahzad "was interviewed by the FBI under the Public Safety Exception rule before being read his rights," but it's not clear how long he was questioned before a Miranda warning was read to him.
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