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Tag: sixth amendment

When do I have a right to an attorney?

This may seem like an easy question to answer, especially if you are familiar with Miranda rights.  However, there are some differences between Miranda and your specific right to counsel.  Although Miranda rights include notice that you have a right to counsel, the two rights come from different constitutional amendments.  The Miranda warnings are derived from the Fifth Amendment, which basically (Read More)

What Does the Confrontation Clause Mean for a Defendant?

The Confrontation Clause if a constitutional provision that entitled a defendant to confront any witnesses that may speak against him.  Found in the Sixth Amendment, it provides that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” The Fourteenth Amendment makes this constitutional amendment applicable to the (Read More)

Police Deceit Works Again in Illinois

Facts Isaac Jaimes was on trial Wednesday, July 24, for 1st degree murder in Winnebago County.  Isaac is the brother of known Latin King gang member Ricardo Jaimes.  Police detectives elicited a confession from Isaac when he was questioned in relation to the May 2010 killing of sixteen-year-old DeMarkis Robinson.  Mr. Robinson was shot to death with a (Read More)