Lisa Nowak and the Right of Counsel

In the bizarre case of former astronaut Lisa Nowak, there appears a valid constitutional concern. According to her counsel, Nowak repeatedly asked if she should have an attorney and indicated a desire for such counsel. The police insist that she did not express demand an attorney before giving incriminating information. The line here is murky. Under cases like Edwards, questioning must stop when counsel is demanded. The clarity of such a demand, however, has often been in dispute. What is disturbing is that the detective clearly understood that rule and, rather than acting to protect her rights, used her confusion to elicit incriminating information. The case is being heard in Orlando, Florida.

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