In all respects I agree with your forceful editorial, in which you champion the cause of giving a suspect his rights, and wherein you write, "The police should be required to bend over backward to ensure that suspects--certainly murder suspects--are treated fairly."
In the years since the Miranda ruling has been in force I have heard the cry from law enforcement people, and from cheap politicians, lamenting that they are being shackled by "court technicalities." Hogwash!
What is so arduous on the part of a policeman in simply informing a suspect that he or she has the right to remain silent and that he or she has the right to consult an attorney. Reading these rights doesn't take 10 seconds and by doing so the cop and the suspect are magically protected.
You will, without question, receive many letters taking issue with your enlightened stand, and the gist of the complaint will be a scream that the rights of victims must be preserved. Any sane person would agree, but what does that have to do with protecting the rights of an individual accused of a crime?