This is the text from the Bill of Rights Card by Two Seas Media. ISBN 9781587332616
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There is no, “Trust us, changes are coming” clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York et al. v. Sebelius, 12 CIV. 2542 (BMC) (EDNY) (December 5, 2012) (PDF on scribd)
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Bill of Rights Day is December 15.
Use Your Rights
A. You have the right to remain silent. Do not talk.
So what should you say?
B. Beyond your name and address, state clearly (and repeat to each new officer), “I want to speak with a lawyer.”
Then see A. and repeat.
Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10 of the U.S. Constitution)
(James Madison, Father of the Bill of Rights (1751-1836))
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression
5 – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings
6 – Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses
7 – Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
8 – Cruel and Unusual Punishment
9 – Construction of Constitution
10 – Powers of the States and People
10 Rules for Navigating Your Way Through a Traffic Stop
From Thomas J. Hammond, P.C, Denver, CO. Also see FlexYourRights.com
1. Pull over as soon as you see the police lights. Put your car in park. Unless directed, it is not necessary to turn off the car.
2. Keep your hands visible and do not make sudden, jerky movements.
3. Don’t be a jerk, but don’t try to make a friend. Keep it brief.
4. Provide license and vehicle documents if asked. Until the documents are returned, you are being detained.
5. If license and registration are returned, ask, “Sir, am I free to go?” If the answer is “No,” you are not free to go.
6. An officer with a search warrant doesn’t need your permission to search. An officer who has to ask doesn’t have a warrant, hence, see Rule #7.
7. You have the right to refuse any request to search. A request to “look inside,” or “just check around the inside” or any request to inspect any part of the inside of your car is a request to search. Just say, “No.”
8. Refusal to permit a search will not justify a search without consent. Asking for a lawyer will not justify a search without consent. The law does not require you to explain.
9. A sniff by a drug dog is not a search. If a drug dog “alerts” on your car, you may still refuse any request to search. You should also ask for a lawyer.
10. If arrested, the only words that you should utter are, “I would like to speak to my/a lawyer,” and, “May I use the bathroom?”
The Bill of Rights Card from Two Seas Media is the same size as a fold over business card, easily fits in a pocket or wallet, and copies can be made without permission under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Two different high-resolution PDFs can be downloaded below.
The wallet-sized Bill of Rights card from Two Seas Media is also available as a FREE downloadable and printable PDF . The Bill of Rights card is the same size as a business card when folded. There are 2 versions available:
- A 2-page PDF that can be printed duplex (2-sided) when printed flipped on the long edge (the 11-inch side). Then cut along the lines and you have 4 wallet cards.
- A 1-page PDF that can be printed and then the two sides of the card (outside and inside) can be cut and pasted together for 2 wallet cards.
- The Privilege To Shut Up – Popehat, January 14, 2014
- Here Are Some Tips on How to Avoid “Consensual” Police Encounters
- “7 Rules for Recording Police“
- 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, which includes Chris Rock’s educational video, “How To Not to Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police”
- “Proper Etiquette for When You’re Under Arrest“
- “Marine Vet Arrested at Wisconsin Labor Rally Speaks Out,” by Bryan Preston, June 4, 2012
- “Strip-Search,” by Michael Munger, Kids Prefer Cheese, April 3, 2012: “Why do you people love the state so much? It doesn’t love you.”
- Reminder: Oh, Won’t You Please Shut Up? – Popehat
- Dear Police – Unwashed Advocate
- PoliceMisconduct.net – Cato
- Today [Dec. 15] Is Bill of Rights Day – Cato
- Defending Privacy at the U.S. Border: A Guide for Travelers Carrying Digital Devices – EFF
- The Agitator – Radley Balko
- Photography is Not a Crime – Carlos Miller
- Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 – Radley Balko
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Institute for Justice
- “Madison’s Consistency on the Bill of Rights,” by Michael P. Zuckert, National Affairs, Spring 2021
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