Should a type of Miranda Warning be added to the Preamble of famous 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)? Maybe. Back in the late 1980s Paul Cox got in the soup with law enforcement for confessing at an AA meeting that he had offed a Westchester, New York couple. The case went around and around and in 2002, he was convicted. At the end, the courts didn't buy the theory that AA is a religion and confidential information protected.
The attention that received, especially in AA, should have made other members circumspect about crimes they had committed. But, obviously it didn't.
In the New York Daily News, Rachelle Blidner reports:
"After a Georgia mom [Rachel Lynn Lehnardt] reportedly confessed that she threw a naked Twister party for her teen daughter at a meeting to get sober, her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor turned her into police."
Lehnardt might have chosen exactly the wrong sponsor. From the get-go, well-put-together sponsors warn newbies to be cautious about what to reveal, both at the group level and even in private. The reality is that AA members didn't get a seat in the recovery program because they were the pinnacle of mental health. If the law doesn't pounce on you, a member might.