MINOT, N.D. – “You have the right to an attorney.”
We’re all familiar with that phrase, a part of the famous Miranda warning that’s a staple of television and movies and, you know, actual police work.
It’s formal recognition of the right to legal counsel from the Sixth Amendment.
Thank goodness for it. Can you imagine having your life and liberty put in jeopardy in our legal system without the guidance of a legal professional?
(Public defenders are the unsung heroes of the American justice system, and here in North Dakota they ought to get more funding, though that’s a topic for another column.)