After reading Alford v. State, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex.Crim.App. 2012) (see previous post), I decided to update my “Rules to Live By” first published in my March 12, 2011, post. I have added Rule Number 4. My updated Rules to Live By are as follows:
Rule Number 1: Do not talk to the police.
Rule Number 2: Always follow Rule Number 1.
Rule Number 3: First thing, ask for a lawyer.
Rule Number 4: Identify yourself and shut up.
Exercise your right to remain silent – do not cooperate with the police.
Even answering simple questions can have disastrous results.