IRS Official May Have Unwittingly Lost Right to Silence

, The National Law Journal


When Lois Lerner of the Internal Revenue Service invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before a House committee on Wednesday, she did so after making a brief statement. Those remarks have triggered a debate over whether Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights.

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  • Pancho

    I was actually astonished as she made a statement and then invoked her right.

    She could have made a statement to the press and then refused to testify. I think she got very bad and probably what will ultimately be, very expensive advice.

  • tory12

    It is difficult to believe that her experienced counsel would have permitted Ms.Lerner to assume such a risk. If she made the statement without his consent, she was a fool. On the other hand, if he had authorized the statement, there may be malpractice involved

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