The Fifth Amendment

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The Fifth Amendment states that you can’t be made to answer to a crime unless a grand jury indicts you or offers you a presentment, a document the grand jury issues based on observation and knowledge; this doesn’t apply to those working for the military. In court, you can choose to plead the fifth so you don’t have to testify against yourself. You cannot be charged for the same crime multiple times. You cannot be punished without due process, or a trial, and you must be paid a reasonable price if the government takes your physical property. In this cartoon, a little boy finds he can’t plead the fifth on a spelling test at school, so he had to take the test.

 

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