privilege against self incrimination


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Noun1.privilege against self incrimination - the civil right (guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution) to refuse to answer questions or otherwise give testimony against yourself
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
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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(12) This article's focus is limited to claims of the constitutional privilege against self incrimination that ultimately make their way into federal court.
But defendants should not be asked to 'act inconsistently with their privilege against self incrimination', they added.