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    Default Don't try to read my rights

    Hi, What does it actually mean when someone says "Don't try to read my rights". Please advise.

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    Default Re: Don't try to read my rights

    What was the context? Was the person under arrest?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Don't try to read my rights

    Yes the person was under arrest, you are right, I am sorry that I forgot to mention the context.

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    Abhishek Ghosh

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    Default Re: Don't try to read my rights

    Quote Originally Posted by britdam007 View Post
    Yes the person was under arrest, you are right, I am sorry that I forgot to mention the context.

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    Abhishek Ghosh
    I think there might be a word missing in your quote. It would make more sense if it said "Don't try to read me my rights".

    When someone is arrested, the police officer is obliged to tell that person that they have certain rights (You have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney etc etc). This is referred to as "reading someone their rights". It's not literally read from a piece of paper, it's memorised by police officers but the phrase remains.

    So in your quote, the person who has been arrested seems to be telling the police officer not to attempt to tell him what his legal rights are.

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