Ex-Fla. Port Official Says Silence Isn't Evidence

Law360, New York (May 6, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT) -- A former Jacksonville, Fla., port official accused of accepting more than $100,000 in bribes asked a judge Thursday to bar prosecutors from introducing his silence on questioning from the FBI about a $50,000 loan as evidence in the case.

Counsel for Tony DeVaughan Nelson, a former Jacksonville Port Authority board member, said they presumed their client had not been read his Miranda rights prior to the questioning, meaning that prosecutors can only present Nelson's lack of an answer about the purpose of the loan at trial...
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