The Sound of Silence: Evidentiary Analyses of Precustodial Silence in Light of Salinas v. Texas

Mansour, Lukas | January 1, 2015

In the recent Supreme Court case Salinas v. Texas, the Court declined to answer whether precustodial silence should be admissible as evidence of a defendant’s guilt. This Comment uses the case as an example from which it argues that courts should take a different approach to precustodial silence. Rather than examining a defendant’s precustodial silence from a constitutional perspective, as many courts, including the Supreme Court, have done, this Comment argues that courts would be better served examining this type of silence from an evidentiary perspective instead.