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9th Apr '16 1:38:43 PM Morgenthaler
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Another type of ''Don't Answer That'' (featured in ''Series/TheCloser'' frequently, and both nonfiction-book and fictional-TV versions of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') is a ploy used by a detective to get suspects to waive their rights. ("He came at you, didn't he? That's self-defense. Whole different thing, then..." "Yeah, he did! He-!" "Whoa, whoa--don't answer that--you can't tell me that sort of thing unless you sign this waiver...")[[note]]For the record, this is not true, at least in the American legal system. While the police would probably love for a suspect to waive their right to counsel, it's not a necessity for questioning, as one must specifically invoke one's right to counsel for it to apply.[[/note]]

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Another type of ''Don't Answer That'' (featured in ''Series/TheCloser'' frequently, and both nonfiction-book and fictional-TV versions of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') is a ploy used by a detective to get suspects to waive their rights. ("He came at you, didn't he? That's self-defense. Whole different thing, then..." "Yeah, he did! He-!" "Whoa, whoa--don't answer that--you can't tell me that sort of thing unless you sign this waiver...")[[note]]For the record, this is not true, at least in the American legal system. While the police would probably love for a suspect to waive their right to counsel, it's not a necessity for questioning, as one must specifically invoke one's right to counsel for it to apply.[[/note]]
4th Feb '16 11:12:08 PM Aspie
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Another type of ''Don't Answer That'' (featured in ''Series/TheCloser'' frequently, and both nonfiction-book and fictional-TV versions of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') is a ploy used by a detective to get suspects to waive their rights. ("He came at you, didn't he? That's self-defense. Whole different thing, then..." "Yeah, he did! He-!" "Whoa, whoa--don't answer that--you can't tell me that sort of thing unless you sign this waiver...")

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Another type of ''Don't Answer That'' (featured in ''Series/TheCloser'' frequently, and both nonfiction-book and fictional-TV versions of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') is a ploy used by a detective to get suspects to waive their rights. ("He came at you, didn't he? That's self-defense. Whole different thing, then..." "Yeah, he did! He-!" "Whoa, whoa--don't answer that--you can't tell me that sort of thing unless you sign this waiver...")
")[[note]]For the record, this is not true, at least in the American legal system. While the police would probably love for a suspect to waive their right to counsel, it's not a necessity for questioning, as one must specifically invoke one's right to counsel for it to apply.[[/note]]
25th Nov '15 5:16:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* If a suspect on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has a lawyer, they are invariably there for the purpose of saying this.
** One episode where Bones was the defendant had her increasingly exasperated lawyer [[LampshadeHanging marvel]] at just how GenreBlind Bones is for someone who works with the authorities all the time (Bones proactively gave the cops quite a bit of information that, unintentionally, made her appear ''more'' guilty than if she had just sat quietly until her lawyer could arrive).
* Ditto with all the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' series.
* Same with most of the variants of ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''.
* Played with in ''NewTricks''. The suspect is technically not entitled to a lawyer in the circumstances, but is stubbornly refusing to speak without one. They set up an elaborate charade whereby an OldFashionedCopper pretends to be an obstructive defense lawyer who aggravates the investigator to the point that he flies into a rage and "shoots" him, terrifying the perp into confessing.

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* If a suspect on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has a lawyer, they are invariably there for the purpose of saying this.
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this. One episode where Bones was the defendant had her increasingly exasperated lawyer [[LampshadeHanging marvel]] at just how GenreBlind Bones is for someone who works with the authorities all the time (Bones proactively gave the cops quite a bit of information that, unintentionally, made her appear ''more'' guilty than if she had just sat quietly until her lawyer could arrive).
* %%* Ditto with all the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' series.
* %%* Same with most of the variants of ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''.
* Played with in ''NewTricks''.''Series/NewTricks''. The suspect is technically not entitled to a lawyer in the circumstances, but is stubbornly refusing to speak without one. They set up an elaborate charade whereby an OldFashionedCopper pretends to be an obstructive defense lawyer who aggravates the investigator to the point that he flies into a rage and "shoots" him, terrifying the perp into confessing.
25th Nov '15 5:15:53 AM Morgenthaler
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'''Not to be confused''' with when someone tells someone else not to answer the door, phone, or whatever, or when one character asks an overly obvious or hypothetical question, and then [[GenreSavvy quickly tacks on]], "Don't answer that!" when he realizes that he's just committed a RhetoricalQuestionBlunder.

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'''Not to be confused''' with when someone tells someone else not to answer the door, phone, or whatever, or when one character asks an overly obvious or hypothetical question, and then [[GenreSavvy quickly tacks on]], on, "Don't answer that!" when he realizes that he's just committed a RhetoricalQuestionBlunder.



* All the ''time'' on the ''Series/TheCloser''. The perps never, ever listen to their lawyers unless the plot requires it. Sayeth one GenreSavvy lawyer:

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* All the ''time'' on the ''Series/TheCloser''. The perps never, ever listen to their lawyers unless the plot requires it. Sayeth one GenreSavvy smart lawyer:
14th Aug '15 5:39:12 AM Anddrix
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* A variant is done in ''[[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Betrayed]]'', when two police officers interview Zoey about the deaths and disappearances of several boys she knew from her human high school. Neferet sits in on the interrogation and continuously interrupts by insisting that Zoey not answer the questions. Given that Neferet was in no way acting as Zoey's legal advisor, was not a parent or guardian, and in fact informed the officers that all vampire students are legally emancipated ([[FridgeLogic somehow]]), one wonders why the officers put up with her constant interruptions at all.

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* A variant is done in ''[[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Betrayed]]'', ''Literature/{{Betrayed}}'', when two police officers interview Zoey about the deaths and disappearances of several boys she knew from her human high school. Neferet sits in on the interrogation and continuously interrupts by insisting that Zoey not answer the questions. Given that Neferet was in no way acting as Zoey's legal advisor, was not a parent or guardian, and in fact informed the officers that all vampire students are legally emancipated ([[FridgeLogic somehow]]), one wonders why the officers put up with her constant interruptions at all.
13th Jun '15 4:26:10 PM Kid
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* Same with most of the variants of ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''

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* Same with most of the variants of ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''''Franchise/LawAndOrder''.
13th Jun '15 4:25:52 PM Kid
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** One episode where Bones was the defendant had her increasingly exasperated lawyer [[LampshadeHanging marvel]] at just how GenreBlind Bones is for someone who works with the authorities all the time (Bones proactively gave the cops quite a bit of information that, unintentionally, made her appear ''more'' guilty than if she had just sat quietly until her lawyer could arrive.)

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** One episode where Bones was the defendant had her increasingly exasperated lawyer [[LampshadeHanging marvel]] at just how GenreBlind Bones is for someone who works with the authorities all the time (Bones proactively gave the cops quite a bit of information that, unintentionally, made her appear ''more'' guilty than if she had just sat quietly until her lawyer could arrive.)arrive).
13th Jun '15 4:24:40 PM Kid
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* The primary job of the various accountants of the old-money Lavish family in ''{{Discworld/MakingMoney}}'' is either advising their clients of this, or performing an after-the-fact version by disclaimer (for instance, when one Lavish casually mentions the idea of poison in relation to [[ItMakesSenseInContext a very unhelpful dog]], her lawyer immediately chips in to say [[ExactWords she was not referring to any particular course of action]], only the existence of poisons ''in general''). In the climactic trial scene, Anhk-Morpork's chief zombie lawyer, Mr. Slant, asks a question of the Lavishes which causes their entire legal department to object at once. Slant makes them sit back down, in unison, with a single DeathGlare.

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* The primary job of the various accountants of the old-money Lavish family in ''{{Discworld/MakingMoney}}'' ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is either advising their clients of this, or performing an after-the-fact version by disclaimer (for instance, when one Lavish casually mentions the idea of poison in relation to [[ItMakesSenseInContext a very unhelpful dog]], her lawyer immediately chips in to say [[ExactWords she was not referring to any particular course of action]], only the existence of poisons ''in general''). In the climactic trial scene, Anhk-Morpork's chief zombie lawyer, Mr. Slant, asks a question of the Lavishes which causes their entire legal department to object at once. Slant makes them sit back down, in unison, with a single DeathGlare.
13th Jun '15 4:23:30 PM Kid
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Another type of ''Don't Answer That'' (featured in ''Series/TheCloser'' frequently, and both nonfiction-book and fictional-TV versions of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') is a ploy used by a detective to get suspects to waive their rights. ("He came at you, didn't he? That's self-defense. Whole different thing, then..." "Yeah, he did! He-!" "Whoa, whoa- don't answer that- you can't tell me that sort of thing unless you sign this waiver...")

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Another type of ''Don't Answer That'' (featured in ''Series/TheCloser'' frequently, and both nonfiction-book and fictional-TV versions of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'') is a ploy used by a detective to get suspects to waive their rights. ("He came at you, didn't he? That's self-defense. Whole different thing, then..." "Yeah, he did! He-!" "Whoa, whoa- don't whoa--don't answer that- you that--you can't tell me that sort of thing unless you sign this waiver...")
17th Apr '15 8:21:39 PM nombretomado
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* If a suspect on ''{{Bones}}'' has a lawyer, they are invariably there for the purpose of saying this.

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* If a suspect on ''{{Bones}}'' ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has a lawyer, they are invariably there for the purpose of saying this.



* Ditto with all the ''{{CSI}}'' series.

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* Ditto with all the ''{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}'' series.
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