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Fifth Amendment


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  • n. The fifth amendment to the US constitution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that imposes restrictions on the government's prosecution of persons accused of crimes; mandates due process of law and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy; requires just compensation if private property is taken for public use


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  • The agent later contradicted his testimony before invoking his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid incriminating himself.

    Cases Highlight Risks With Informants

  • Bernard Ebbers, the former chief executive of WorldCom, as expected, invoking his Fifth Amendment right.

    CNN Transcript Jul 8, 2002

  • We are told by members of this committee that Braswell and the editor of one of his publications are expected to take the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer any questions, citing that right against self-incrimination.

    CNN Transcript Sep 10, 2001

  • The gift tax provisions of the Revenue Act of 1924, _held_ invalid under the Fifth Amendment as applied to _bona fide_ gifts made before passage of the act.

    The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States to June 30, 1952

  • It was a criminal case, or should have been, but the accused took a financial Fifth Amendment - the right to remain silent, since any statement made could be used as evidence against them - and got away with it.

    Signs of the Times

  • The question before the Supreme Court will be if "a break in custody or a substantial lapse in time" after a suspect asks for his Fifth Amendment right to counsel affects whether authorities can question the suspect.

    The Herald-Mail Online

  • A federal court eventually quashed a grand jury subpoena served to Boucher last November, citing his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself from self-incrimination.

    DailyTech Main News Feed

  • "I mean you want to beat a dead horse, we'll be here forever," said Kilpatrick attorney James C. Thomas, after suggesting he raise his hand each time Kilpatrick wanted to exercise his rights against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment and raise one hand plus one finger when Kilpatrick wanted to plead the Sixth, which relates to a criminal defendant's right to a lawyer and attorney-client privilege. - Metro-State


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