Posted by Lewis on July 03, 2003
In Reply to: Oops! posted by ESC on June 30, 2003
: : : There is a phrase "to plead the fifth", which refers to the fifth amendment to the US constitution. It gives criminals the right to not incriminate themselves. The legal equivalent of "No comment".
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: : : The full text of the amendment:
: : : No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
: : : Or, "pass the fifth" could refer to passing the fifth grade in school.
: : I thought I was replying to the earlier post....my apologies.
: Or "pass the fifth (of whiskey).
I replied with a less detailed version below - not noticing this thread.