Fifth Amendment


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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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through her counsel that she would assert her Fifth Amendment right
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Lerner, he later announced that by making an opening statement she had in fact waived her Fifth Amendment rights, and would be subject to recall and questioning by the committee.
However, she did not provide the information, "asserting her privilege against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment.
I have fully cooperated with the Secret Service (but) the current circumstances warrant invocation of my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination," CBS quoted Salahis, as saying in the letter.
The Court determined that as long as the confession was not used in a criminal trial, police coercion did not violate the Fifth Amendment protection against serf-incrimination.
However, notes Eddlem, "the MCA does not accord detainees either status as military detainees, nor as criminal detainees under the Sixth Amendment, as the Fifth Amendment clearly requires.
The Fifth Amendment prohibits authorities from trying a person twice for the same crime, even if new evidence is found.
If those who govern the District of Columbia decide that the nation's capital should be beautiful as well as sanitary, there is nothing in the Fifth Amendment that stands in the way.
The Court ruled the City of New London did not violate the Fifth Amendment by condemning non-blighted properties for a private mixed-use development.
While the Fifth Amendment of our Constitution provides that the government may take private property for "public use," that phrase was usually equated with the development, expansion or improvement of schools or roads or other public projects.