Gene’s Nickle: The 5th Amendment

How many protections are covered in the Fifth Amendment?

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury1, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger2; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb3; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself4, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law5; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.6″

It can be difficult for those of us who respect and admire law enforcement officers to remember that interacting with police is usually the most basic form of governmental dealings any of us have. The 5th Amendment was not written to hinder law enforcement, but to constrain our federal government from over-reaching behavior.
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