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Re: re it had to happen
Mike McNally writes:
> * The tricky case is one in which the key is actually a phrase
> like "I am a drug dealer and I did the crime". I'm not
> exactly sure how this would be used in court; maybe something
> like "I refuse to reveal that information on the grounds that
> the key itself is in the form of a statement which could be
> construed to be incrimintating." Of course, I don't know why
> you couldn't always say that...
> If Mr. Godwin isn't too bothered by the re-emergence of this thread,
> he may choose to share with us further thoughts on the topic raised in
> the second bullet. My guess is that such a situation will have to be
> tested in court, and I can only hope that it gets tested with the
> assistance of some very skilled counsel.
I am now convinced that even if the key were a statement of the
form "I did crime X", it could still be compelled, because the
actual statement is not testimonial, and would not be used as evidence
(e.g., as an admission).