When Saying Less Is More

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

Those words spoken by President Abraham Lincoln are as true today as they were when he spoke them. Every day, a police officer somewhere in America advises someone of the right to remain silent and the officer also warns them “that everything you say CAN AND WILL be used against you…” and yet, without fail, many people just ignore those words and begin “removing all doubt”.

When I practiced criminal law, my habit was to tell people that were consulting with me to remain silent and leave something for me to work with. That advice still stands, I am talking about Honest Abe’s words of wisdom!

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