Seems like that would be common sense, smart kid
BANGOR, Maine — Katherine Higgins thinks the 50th anniversary of the Miranda warning is the perfect time to update it to include a warning about social media.
Higgins, 17, of Glenburn won first prize last week in the Penobscot County Bar Association’s essay/art contest for high school students in Penobscot County.
“I think the Miranda warning should be updated to include social media,” Higgins, a senior at John Bapst Memorial High School, said after a brief awards ceremony at the Penobscot Judicial Center. “It is so much a part of everyone’s life now.”
Her painting shows the handcuffed hands of a person clutching a cellphone. Across the top is the first sentence of the Miranda warning: “You have the right to remain silent.”
To the subsequent sentence, the artist has added two words: “Anything you say or post can and will be held against you in a court of law.”
Alyssa Patterson, 15, of Holden wrote the winning 500-word essay as an assignment in a law class she is taking at Brewer High School, where she is a sophomore.
19 Feb ’12
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