Fifth Amendment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Usage

In literature:

The fifth message urged Congress to submit to the States an amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
It is to be found in the fifth article, providing for its own amendment.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
For the fifth article, which provides for amendments, expressly excepts this clause.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
For the fifth article, which provides for amendments, expressly excepts this clause.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The first column is Electoral; the second, State; the third, Congress; the fourth, Assembly; the fifth, Constitutional Amendment.
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous
A three-fifths vote in favor of a charter amendment is necessary for its ratification.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
Each of the three constitutional amendments voted on at the time received barely a fifth of the vote cast on this measure.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Ordinary amendments are proposed by a three-fifths majority in each house, and are also subject to popular approval.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
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In news:

I don't care if it's the Second Amendment or the First or the Fifth you have to test it.
Judge Robert Blackburn rules that Fifth Amendment protection does not apply.
Miranda, family, invoke Fifth Amendment during election-challenge suit.
The Fifth Amendment says you cannot be forced to incriminate yourself.
Solar energy company Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and the chief financial officer, Bill Stover, both invoked their Fifth Amendment right to decline to testify to avoid self-incrimination.
Silence alone doesn't invoke Fifth Amendment rights.
But now he has apparently decided to invoke the Fifth Amendment if he is called before a Federal grand jury.
According to the court decision and the Fifth Amendment, the trucker must show that all the times are in his possession, in accordance with federal laws.
Conspicuously absent from your front-page articles on confessions (March 29 and 30) is any reference to the Fifth Amendment, which bars compulsory self-incrimination.
When is the Fifth Amendment right triggered.
The Supreme Court Monday declined to take a case that explored when police interrogations violate the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination .
Casey Anthony, right, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a civil suit , a transcript shows.
Barry Cadden, co-founder of the New England Compound Center, told lawmakers he would use his Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions in order to avoid self-incrimination.
Casey Anthony, right, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a civil suit, a transcript shows.
Regulatory takings conflict mightily with the Fifth Amendment.
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