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I guess I should not be surprised that your reporter erred. In the very same article, he quotes Louis Cohen -- an attorney, no less -- who refers to Alatorre's "privilege against self-incrimination." The Fifth Amendment is not a privilege -- it is a right. That is why the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are collectively known as the "Bill of Rights," not the "Bill of Privileges."

Like the bumper sticker says, "If you don't know what your rights are, you haven't got any."

--Paul Grim

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I was edified to see the positive write-up Dave Shulman gave the pope's CD [Sitegeist, April 23­29]. But why is it beyond our media to write about the Holy Father without being tasteless -- as with Shulman's comment about "definitely not getting laid"?

--James Dunlap

Hamden, Connecticut



The Weekly would like to congratulate Counter Intelligence columnist JONATHAN GOLD, who received the 1999 James Beard Foundation award for restaurant reviews, and contributor GREG CRITSER, who was a Beard Foundation finalist for his article "The Fat Man Sings: A Journal of Obesity in America."

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