A Harvard professor requests to speak to a lawyer. He's interrupted by an FBI agent, who claims he "doesn't play tricks." Then goes to the oldest trick in the book.

A court ruled that this invocation wasn't clear enough. But it sure looks like the officer understood it to be an invocation of the right.

Still, courts don't like suppressing evidence.
Long story short, never talk to the police without a lawyer present. It doesn't work for regular people. It doesn't work for lawyers. It doesn't work for Harvard nanotechnology professors.

Silence is golden.
Also, if you do assert the right to counsel, you need to use magic words in exactly the right order or you might as well be talking to Siri.

Here, a police officer literally said he understood the request for counsel, and a court still held he didn't.
"I am asserting my right to remain silent.: (Actually remaining silent is not an assertion of the rigtht, bafflingly).

"I need to speak to an attorney now."

Then repeat, ad nauseum. Don't sign anything.
You might feel like the officers are getting mad at you when you say this. Like they're disappointed in you.

They are mad. They are disappointed. Your silence makes their case harder to prove.
Similarly, if a rabid wolf was trying to eat you, it might be sad that you insisted on climbing into a tree. You need not oblige it.

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