I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to scrap the "Miranda warning" nonsense ("Supreme Court says suspects must tell police they want to be silent during interrogation," June 1). If it was needed in the past, it is needed no more. With its ubiquitous appearance in several decades worth of TV police and lawyer shows, I'm willing to bet that if a poll were conducted, asking each respondent to complete these two sentences often heard on the TV, "You have the right to remain . . ." and "Oh say, can you see . . .," many more people would be able to complete the first than they would the second, and could go on to explain the rest of the warning.
Anyone who disagrees with the Court's decision could consider proposing these remedies: School attendance for a certain number of years is mandatory. Each year, students could be made to complete a 15-minute lesson explaining this right and its application. In later years, they would be required to memorize and recite the "warning," and write a brief paragraph explaining how the right applies to them personally. This could also be a requirement for obtaining citizenship. Legal visitors could be given the warning and a pamphlet explaining it, when their passport is examined at customs. All others beware. Terrorists? Tough luck.
I really don't see what all the fuss is about. Let educators educate, and let law enforcement officers enforce the law.
Jeffry D. Mueller, Eldersburg