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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT - OR GO ON `HARD COPY’

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Because of the tremendous media coverage of notorious crimes these days, serious thought is being given to rewording the Miranda ruling that police must recite to suspects.

This is a draft being circulated among law enforcement agencies:"You have the right to remain silent or you can go on `Larry King Live,' the `Today Show,' `Good Morning America' or `Hard Copy.'

"You have the right to an attorney, as well as outside legal experts such as Alan Dershowitz or F. Lee Bailey, who will explain on `Nightline' what your lawyer's defense strategy should have been.

"The district attorney reserves the right to try you in public on television before you are brought to justice. Mediawise you will be presumed guilty until proved innocent.

"In addition to a lawyer, you have the right to a theatrical agent to make deals for film and television, and you will receive 50 percent of the profits from all books and videotapes based on your crime.

"If you sell the serial rights before your trial, that information may be used in evidence against you.

"If you remain silent, the public will consider this an admission of guilt.

"If, in the process of being questioned by a reporter you wish to terminate the interview, you may do so, providing that you do not talk to Sam Donaldson for 48 hours."

This updated version of Miranda is necessary in today's world of instant communications where the rights of the media now have priority over those of the individual.

You are on notice that district attorneys cannot prepare their cases if they don't have access to 100 microphones. Defense lawyers must plead for their defendants in front of the cameras or they will never get a fair trial.

This Miranda warning will assure those arrested that their media rights will be protected.

Remember, if accused of a crime, you are entitled to every sound bite you can get. The Constitution is broad enough to protect every citizen, even those who appear on "Geraldo."