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June 2010 , Page 10 

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Diverse Coalition Urges Attorney General Holder to Reconsider His Call to Weaken Miranda Rights

By Jack King, Ivan J. Dominguez

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Abroad coalition of 35 organizations, including many civil liberties and human rights groups, sent a letter on May 17, 2010, to Attorney General Eric Holder urging reconsideration of his call to weaken Miranda rights through the codification and expansion of the “public safety exception.”

In its letter to the Attorney General, the coalition stated, “Current law provides ample flexibility to protect the public against imminent terrorist threats while still permitting the use of statements made by the accused in a criminal prosecution. Weakening Miranda would undercut our fundamental Fifth Amendment rights for no perceptible gain.”

NACDL President Cynthia Hujar Orr was pleased to see so many important voices come together to support the Constitution. “NACDL is proud and gratified to bring together signatory organizations representing such broad and diverse constituencies who care so deeply about fairness, justice, and the preservation of all of our constitutional rights.”

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