April 14th, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Holder: No need to read Miranda to bin Laden if captured

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday there would be no need to read Miranda rights to Osama bin Laden if the al Qaeda leader were captured.

Holder told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that enough evidence exists against bin Laden to convict him in a trial, so that advising him of his rights to protect the legal admissibility of subsequent interrogation was unnecessary.

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  1. hurtmaestro

    We have 1000 cops in portland, and in the last year we had 5 deaths from police beatings/shooting. So, If bin laden visits portland oregon i'd say there is a .5% chance of him getting killed anyways.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeff Redondo Beach

    Believe that Miranda rights only apply to US courts...why even address it as an issue?

    April 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Troy Pickard

    Bin Laden would likely be tried in a U.S. Court, so it WOULD be an issue.

    What many people misunderstand about the "Miranda Rights" is that it is only an issue if the police want to interrogate someone that they have in custody.

    What Eric Holder is saying here is that he believes the government has enough evidence to convict Bin Laden without any post-arrest questioning. Therefore, there would be no need for Miranda.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doug F.

    What's the chances of catching him alive anyway, hasn't he instructed his guards to kill him in the case of arrest? Let them!!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jnkdev

    I think it's a potential loop hole. Holder knows what he's doing.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |