Tuesday, June 22, 2004


Court: No Right to Keep Names From Police
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that people do not have a constitutional right to refuse to tell police their names.

The 5-4 decision frees the government to arrest and punish people who won't cooperate by revealing their identity.

The decision, reached by a divided court, was a defeat for privacy rights advocates who argued that the government could use this power to force people who have done nothing wrong to submit to fingerprinting or divulge more personal information.

In the words of one Free Republic poster: "Scalia never met an unenumerated right he could not subjugate to the whims of police."


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