Liberal Dan Radio June 27th, 2013: SCOTUS Recap, Jindal Veto and…. ENRON?!?!?

Thursday June 27th, 2013 on Liberal Dan Radio

Jeffrey Skilling, former Enron executive, was given a reduced sentence last week. You won’t believe why.

A huge week for the Supreme Court this week. I will go into the issues of voting rights and marriage equality and point out the highs and lows of this week’s rulings.

Also, I will be discussing the line item vetos that Louisiana Governor Jindal made to cut needed funding from Louisiana’s children with special needs. On the show I will have activists from the grassroots organization Override The Veto.

Those issues, headlines, words of redneck wisdom, tweet of the week and more, this week on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk from the left, that’s right.

And please remember the Liberal Dan Radio Kickstarter to help fund the show through the year.

You can’t remain silent in order to invoke your right to remain silent.

Read the title. Twice.

The recent Supreme Court ruling Salinas v Texas ruled that if you are not under arrest and you are voluntarily answering some questions the police are posing to you that you cannot just choose to not answer questions and assume you are protected by the fifth amendment. Not only can your answers be used against you (since you are not under arrest) but your silence can be used against you as well. Part of the testimony that convicted Salinas was the fact that he chose to not answer the question on if the shotgun shells would match his gun. He was silent and he nervously fidgeted. His silence was used as evidence of guilt.

Read that last part again. His silence was used against him in court as evidence of his guilt. Isn’t that absurd? And the Conservative Supreme Court ruled that if you are in custody and wish to invoke your fifth amendment right to remain silent that you must SAY that you are invoking your fifth amendment rights.


When you are under arrest you are presumed to not know your right to remain silent and as such must be read your rights and told that you have the right to remain silent and that whatever you say can be used against you in a court of law. In Berghuis v. Thompkins a similar requirement to specifically invoke your fifth amendment right to remain silent was ruled on. But at least in that case the person knew that you were under arrest and was read (and understood) the Miranda rights. So why is it that when you are under questioning by police officers while not under arrest that you are all of a sudden assumed to know what your rights are and that in order to invoke those rights you have to state that you are invoking them? People not under arrest perfectly know their rights but people under arrest magically must be told them? That makes no sense.

This is why it is vital that you know what to do if the police want to question you. I have nothing but respect for people who put themselves at risk by serving in law enforcement. However, that doesn’t mean I need to make things easy for them if they believe I may be involved in some sort of crime. If you are being questioned, the only thing you should ask if you are free to go. If you are, just walk away peacefully. If not, you are considered to be under arrest and the only thing you should do is ask to speak to a lawyer. Anything else and you risk incriminating yourself. The “I shot the clerk” scene in My Cousin Vinny should be a good, if comical, look at what might happen if you don’t follow these simple rules.

That advice was sound advice before this ruling though. Now? It is even more vital.

Liberal Dan Radio 6/20/2013: SCOTUS Recap

This Thursday on Liberal Dan radio I will be discussing the myriad of Supreme Court decisions made after the myriad decision. Many rulings were revealed on Monday. Of those I will at least discuss the ruling on voting rights in Arizona and on 5th amendment rights.

At the time of this posting there has been no ruling on prop 8 or DOMA. However, by the time the show airs on Thursday, many are speculating that those rulings will come down as well. So obviously I will be discussing those cases as well.

I will also be spending some time discussing the GOP obsession with abortion bans. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more crazy…

I will also talk about David Vitter and both his amendment to the farm bill and his Freudian slip about it.

Finally, I will be updating everyone on the Liberal Dan Radio  Kickstarter project that I created. Several new funding levels were started to give people a wider variety of options. So please, take advantage of it while it is still open for backers.

All that plus Words of Redneck Wisdom, Tweet of the Week, Headlines and more on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk from the left, that’s right.

Liberal Dan Radio 06/13/2013: Kickstart My Heart!

Whoa! YEAH!

On tonight’s show of Liberal Dan Radio I will discuss Edward Snowden. Is he a traitor? Is he a hero? Is he even relevant and is there a bigger story here? Is there a difference between Facebook collecting your data and the US Government doing it?

Also, the privatization of prisons is big money. As it turns out, it is also big money for the judges who send the kids there. Find out what (finally) happened to a judge in PA who did just that.

And finally, I will discuss the Liberal Dan Radio Kickstarter. What it means for you and how you can help the show.

All that, headlines, tweet of the week, words of redneck wisdom and more, tonight on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From the Left, That’s Right!

UPDATE: SCOTUS made a ruling today about the ability to patent DNA. I will definitely be discussing this ruling as well.

Liberal Dan Radio 6/4/2013: DNA

Tonight on Liberal Dan Radio:

Plant DNA. Human DNA. And if we have time, I will go back into some of the recent developments into the Kate Hunt case.

Whe owns your DNA? I have already discussed how corporations are trying to patent your DNA (when what they really should be patenting is the process to find that specific gene). Now, government believes that it has the authority to keep your DNA it collects in perpetuity. Something just doesn’t seem right about that.

Then in ruling that seems in complete contradiction to the previous one, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Monsanto and is treating corn seeds as if they were mp3s.

That, words of redneck wisdom, headlines, tweet of the week and more, tongiht on Liberal Dan Radio: talk from the left, that’s right.