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Under the articles, an officer would caution the individual being arrested that, "You have the right to refuse to answer questions, but such refusal may be construed as a sign of guilt." The document also allowed the arrest of a suspect without informing him of the crime he was accused of.
It also provided for spouses of the accused to disassociate themselves from the accused by testifying against them. Cardassian trials were for show, as the verdict and sentence had already been determined in advance. There was no appeals process. (DS9: "Tribunal")