We’ve all heard this TV/Movie Cop Cliche about a zillion times. I’ve never had the pleasure of confirming that this is true–that, once arrested, you get a single phone call–and, in fact, have been acquainted with several people who’ve spent the weekend (or more) in jail and had opportunities a-plenty to make numerous phone calls.
Should the phrase really be: “You’ve got the right to make at least one phone call?”
If so, I’m assuming that some court must’ve rulled on this, since the Bill of Rights is silent when it comes to telephony. What’s the name of the case (lacking a command of legal jargon) where this was decided?
Assuming that one does have the right to “at least” one phone call, under what circumstances does one only get one and under what circumstances does one get as many as they can afford?
Or: is it all just TVland bullshit?