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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.

The theme of this year’s Law Day contest was “Miranda: More than Words.” It asked students to consider whether and how the warning issued by police to criminal suspects in custody before being questioned should be changed. It is named for Ernesto Miranda, whose conviction after he was interrogated by Arizona police was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966.

“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.

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Is it really needed??  Isn't posting the same as saying something?  Also, most of the incriminating social media posts happen before the arrest, not after.

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I wouldn't think so but there are some pretty dumb criminals out there

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