Fang Talks

Steady decline.

I need to leave in a few minutes, so here’s a quick post for you all.

Someone posted this on Twitter today. It’s the record of a trial against David House. I haven’t read up on the matter yet, but from the looks of it he’s accused of having something to do with WikiLeaks, or having hacked stuff, something in that general direction.

At the start of the trial, he tells the jury that from that point onward, whenever he says “I invoke”, he refers to the following statement:
“On the advice of counsel, I invoke my right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. I am concerned that this grand jury is seeking information designed to infringe or chill my associational privacy, and that of others, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and that it is using information obtained without a search warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

And that’s mostly all he says during the trial. He takes notes of the questions he is asked, and answers almost every single one of them with “I invoke”, by which he refers to his right to remain silent.

As said, I don’t know exactly what the deal is, but he sure as hell is handling it like a really clever guy! I applaud him for pulling off something like that, genius.

If I ever get into court for some reason, and I need to do this, I hope I have the balls to!
~ Fang


  • 15/07/2012 (9:21 PM)

    I hope you are doing well!

  • 15/07/2012 (10:23 AM)

    Very clever indeed. *goes of in search to read about this case.

  • 15/07/2012 (8:16 AM)

    pleading the fifth isn’t exactly extremely clever or original. plus, it almost always makes your look suspicious in the eyes of a jury.

  • 14/07/2012 (11:09 PM)

    Well that is pretty ballsy, and a great way to behave, but I’m not sure you could do it outside America. You can still of course retain your right to remain silent during arrest and interrogation.

  • 14/07/2012 (8:39 PM)

    You’d have to use the Dutch evivalent probably though lol

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