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May 05, 2019 1st Anniversary Wishes 4 comments

A wise man once said. A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking with my 98-year- old grandfather who, until quite recently, was actually still living in his own.

Born in 1869 in India, a wise man lived a life that we've all heard about. We've followed his advice, we've worshipped at the idea of him, and we've praised him for the life he lived. The same wise man died on January 30th, 1948, but he left so much more behind than just a memory. Known as Mahatma to the world, Gandhi, "the great-souled one", and his wisdom will forever be with us, so let’s make him proud.

"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive"

We cannot live successfully in this world, intertwined as we are, if cultures attempt to be exclusive. All the places I've been, all the people I've met, and all the cultures I've come in contact with, I am more because of it. We would never learn to be better than we used to be if we never saw what it looks like on the other side. Many people life by the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side, but the grass is always greener where you water it. Comparisons between cultures tells us where to water our grass, and how to watch it grow.

"Action expresses priorities"

If your mom, dad, or a teacher hasn't said something of this manner to you while you were growing up then I'd be surprised. We usually hear the classic, "don't tell me you're sorry, show me you're sorry". When I was a kid I would scoff at the idea that I wasn’t believed when I said I'm sorry, but I had to show it too? Your actions define who you are, don't let that be a negative thing.

"A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble"

I'm sure many of us can admit we'd rather stay quiet in order to keep the peace than speak out and cause trouble, I'm one of those people. A friend of mine has always told me that noone will ever know your upset, uncomfortable, unhappy, or mad unless you say something to them. While in some cases I sway to the side of keeping quiet, I'm starting to think that keeping the peace isn't worth the silence, so we have to speak up.

“Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment”

Instilling fears in others isn’t an effective way to hold your power. Power is based upon respect, understanding, and patience from those of lesser power. Nobody will respect you, understand you, or have patience with you if you bully your way to the top of the pyramid (Donald Trump, anyone??). It’s more effective to gain power through gaining the respect of those people you are wishing to represent.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”

One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone who didn’t ask for your forgiveness. The weight of holding a grudge against someone who has wronged you, isn’t worth the frustration it’ll cause you. Forgive people even if they don’t ask for your forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you have to accept the person back into your life, just accept the fact that you don’t need to hold a grudge against someone.

There are thousands of quotes from Gandhi, but these five are ones that I believe (and I’m sure Gandhi would believe) we should base our lives around. At this time in our world I don’t think that Gandhi would be as proud of us as he should be. For the amount of time we’ve had to work on our acceptance, love, humanity, willingness to help, and our peace, we haven’t done as well as we should’ve done. We’ve made great strides, but now’s the time to keep working to better the world we live in, to make Gandhi proud.

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Most people know, or have heard, that they have the “right to remain silent” when being questioned by law enforcement officers.  But what does that actually mean, and when should someone invoke this right?

The right to remain silent comes from the Fifth Amendment, which states: “no person shall be… compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”

The United States Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona held that, in order to safeguard an uncounseled criminal defendant’s Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, law enforcement officers may not begin a custodial interrogation before warning the suspect “that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him, and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed.”

“Miranda Warnings” are only required when a suspect is subjected to custodial interrogation, which is a fancy way of saying that the suspect needs to be (1) in the “custody” of law enforcement; and (2) subject to questioning.

“Custody” can mean many things, and it does not necessarily mean in handcuffs, in a police car, or in jail.  The easiest way to understand if a person is in “custody” is to ask if a reasonable person standing in the shoes of the suspect would feel that they are not free to leave or terminate the questioning.  This approach takes into account all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the questioning in determining whether or not the suspect felt they were free to leave.

How exactly do you invoke your Miranda rights? A suspect needs to actually let the officers know that they would like to invoke their rights.  Silence alone, while allowed, does not necessarily invoke the rights described in Miranda.  The Supreme Court has found that an ambiguous or equivocal act or statement is not an invocation of the right to cut off questioning.  Waiver of the Miranda right can also be inferred from a suspect’s conduct. It is best to tell the officer right away that you would like to speak with an attorney before answering any of their questions, and to continue to repeat this if the officer continues questioning.

If statements are obtained in violation of Miranda, they are subject to exclusion from evidence at the criminal trial.  The exclusionary rule states that evidence obtained illegally is inadmissible in court.  This can include minor statements, as well as major admissions and confessions.  If a judge determines that statements were obtained in violation of the Fifth Amendment, it could result in the entire criminal case getting dismissed.

Even if a suspect has nothing to hide, it is still wise to invoke the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Law enforcement officers are trained in interrogation tactics and often wear a suspect down and trick them into making admissions that are in fact incorrect. This can happen through fatigue, or by trick questions.  It’s important to have a trained attorney with you any time you speak to a law enforcement officer.  If you have been interrogated by police without an attorney present, contact Attorney Eric Thistle to discuss whether or not your rights were violated.


Attorney Eric S. Thistle can be reached by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (207) 985-9465.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide general information about Maine law. The publication of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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A wise man once said that while "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things". Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between the two - and as a young manager 20 years ago I often found myself in a painful dilemma, incessantly deliberating over the best course of action.

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For me personally the solution came with age and experience. The world continues to change - politically, economically, socially, and technologically - dramatically changing the societies within which we live, and ultimately the way in which business leaders must manage businesses.

As I see it, there are three critical steps to making the right decision in business.

Firstly, travel abroad and get as much foreign life and work experience as possible. It's hugely important that tomorrow's leaders get a view of the world's business environment so that they can decide which practices best suit their own companies.

We're a small island and business practices abroad are often superior to those at home. From my perspective, life experience trumps qualifications every time.

Secondly, learn to step back from your situation and take time to consider your options. People often dive head-first into action without considering all the options, thus missing out on making the right decision. We all need time to get internal and external advice and consider the best course of action, while at the same time staying dynamic.

Finally, don't always follow the crowd. All of the world's great companies are pioneers in some shape or form. They are market leaders in at least one aspect of their business and they got there by fine-tuning the practices of their peers to the point where they are front-runners, be it in efficiency, product offering, brand marketing or any other practice that can help distinguish them from the pack.

As humans, we can all too often crave the approval of others, rather than shaping our own futures. It's important that we follow our gut instinct from time to time. So maybe we should take the road less travelled.

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