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The upcoming preliminary hearing provides by law that, at its conclusion, the Judge must inform the defendant (Sheppard) that he is privileged to speak out or to remain silent.
The sole purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine if there is "probable cause" to hold the defendant for Grand Jury action.
Cleveland Press, "54/08/13 Sheppard Has Chance to Speak" (1954). All Articles. 189.