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What does "I plead the 5th" mean?

Question #47016. Asked by joezhou300.

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Essentially, most often it means not to be required to testify against oneself in a court of law. There is more, however, explained below

Apr 30 2004, 7:26 PM
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In the US Constitution, the 5th Amendment ensures the right of an individual not to testify against themselves in court.

May 01 2004, 1:44 PM
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The Fifth Amendment protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves. To "plead the Fifth" is a refusal to answer a question because the response could form self incriminating evidence.


Jan 29 2008, 5:41 PM
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