Public Officials and the Right to Silence
- Written By: Yael Wiesel, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Adv. Edna Harel - Fisher, Orly Has Rahav
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- Center: Center for Democratic Values and Institutions
The issue of public representatives and public employees who, under criminal investigation regarding their public office and conduct, choose to invoke their right to silence, trains a spotlight on the inherent tension between their individual rights and their public accountability.
In the absence of strong public norms, we propose advancing a legislative solution that would require public officials to choose between remaining in office and exercising their right to silence.