Friday, April 16, 2010

Holder: Miranda Warnings for Terrorists Won’t Harm Interrogations

Informing a terror suspect of his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney does not prevent the government from effectively prosecuting terrorism cases, said Attorney General Eric Holder.

“What people need to understand is that giving them Miranda warning does not necessarily mean an interrogation basically stops,” Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, ranking Republican on the committee, was skeptical about Holder’s view on Miranda warnings.

“The first thing a good lawyer is going to say is, don’t talk,” Sessions said. “You’re going to get less information from that procedure. That is a big reason why more of those cases need to be tried before military commissions.”