Why you should never talk to the police

| July 18, 2013

When Sandra first had me listen to the DEA scam voicemail message last night, and before I went online to verify that it was in fact a scam, my immediate response was: we are not calling this person back; we will retain an attorney, who will do all the talking.

The video below — taken from the excellent blog DiploMad 2.0 — explains why. I’ve seen other variants on this theme, but this is a great and entertaining explanation as to why it never benefits you to talk to the police or other law enforcement personnel (unless, of course, you are making a police report regarding a crime against you yourself):

Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) has written an article about the problem that, as he puts it, everything is a crime; the penal code has grown so vast and complex, that we commit (as Harvey Silvergate puts it in his book) three felonies a day.

Note that when the police officer takes over after the lawyer, his first statement is, “Everything he said is true.”  He then goes on to explain why. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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