Editorial: Proper instructions (for attorneys to visit clients at the police station)

POSTED: 10/15/13 11:59 AM

The trouble attorneys encounter at the police station when they want to visit their clients seems to be a highly unnecessary complication to the relationship between the partners in the judicial chain.

Apparently the frustration with some members of the police force towards attorneys who come to their station to do their work runs deep for some reason. That attorneys in turn get not only frustrated but also enraged is understandable.

After all, they live by one simple rule: once someone has been detained as a suspect he or she is entitled to an attorney immediately. The Salduz-arrest – that everybody working in law enforcement ought to know by heart by now – leaves no room for discussion about this issue.

It is in the interest of all citizens – everybody could be a suspect tomorrow – that the police force management clears the air and hands down proper instructions to safeguard the rights of suspects and to enable attorneys to do their work.

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