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Fifth Amendment

n.
An amendment to the US Constitution that provides for due process of law where the government is seeking to deprive a person of life, liberty, or property; provides for Grand Jury proceedings for certain serious offenses; prohibits the government from trying a person again after that person has been acquitted; prohibits the government from forcing a defendant to testify against himself or herself; and prohibits government confiscation of private property for public use without just compensation to the property owner.

Fifth Amendment

n
1. an amendment to the US Constitution stating that no person may be compelled to testify against himself and that no person may be tried for a second time on a charge for which he has already been acquitted
2. (Law) take the fifth take the fifth amendment US to refuse to answer a question on the grounds that it might incriminate oneself

Fifth′ Amend′ment


n.
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing chiefly that no person be required to testify against himself or herself in a criminal case or be subjected to double jeopardy.

Fifth Amendment

An amendment to the United States Constitution establishing that, among other things, no person can be compelled to testify against himself or herself.
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Noun1.Fifth Amendment - 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
Bill of Rights - a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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amp;nbsp; It's not protected by the 5th Amendment of the Constitution until the officer identifies the man as a true suspect in the crime," Crawford said.
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Allegedly, there is overwhelming, uncontroverted evidence that prosecutors and judges conspired together not only to create a straw-man from Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to violate the pro se defendants 6th Amendment rights, but also violated their 5th Amendment right by compelling them to testify against their will at trial," contends Banks.
criminal courts, a Mafiosi has better protection to take the 5th amendment.
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