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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To illustrate the disparity, an adult bookstore owner who challenges a municipal land-use regulation based on the First Amendment's free speech protection has direct access to federal court, whereas a property owner challenging the same regulation but raising a Fifth Amendment takings claim does not.
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.
They argued that the Fifth Amendment only applied to takings for "public" purposes, and that a development benefiting private interests, particularly in the absence of adverse economic conditions, was not supported by the Constitution.
We believe these practices are an obvious violation of the due process protections found in the Fifth Amendment.
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution provides that "[n]o
7) In response, the Chabots asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, refusing to produce the requested documents, and the IRS filed a petition to enforce the summons.
this question, instead rejecting Salinas's Fifth Amendment claim
through her counsel that she would assert her Fifth Amendment right
7) The right recognized throughout the Supreme Court's Fifth Amendment jurisprudence underwent a "trimming back" of sorts with Salinas.
However, she did not provide the information, "asserting her privilege against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment.
finding that he waived his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination and directing him to answer certain questions about his conversation with the District Attorney's office concerning the accident.
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