The online magazine “The New American” ran an article recently with the headline “Supreme Court Bombshell: No Right to Remain Silent” which alleges that on June 17, 2013 the Supreme Court ruled in Salinas v. Texas that criminal suspects no longer have the right to remain silent unless they have already been read their Miranda rights and only then if they speak the legally magic words “I expressly invoke the privilege against self incrimination”.
In other words simply remaining silent does not invoke one’s right to remain silent.
This appears to be a momentous breach of the 5th amendment right not to be compelled to be a witness against oneself and yet because I had not previously seen or heard anything about this decision I’m wondering if the author exaggerates.
The author of the article is Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D.; the article can be found at