Fifth Amendment: Rape of the Lock

The U.S. Constitution outlaws coerced confessions. And an accused person has a right to refuse to answer self-incriminating questions. But what if the "question" consists of a forced haircut?

Gaylord Neal, 25, facing trial for a grocery stickup in Philadelphia, was out on bail there last January when a hooded holdup man collected $181 at the Topside Tavern, fired a shot in the ceiling. In March, a hooded gunman got $109 at Hagerty's Tavern; minutes later police collared Neal near by. At his feet were a bag containing $109 and a loaded...

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