Could tell me what the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights means?

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  • Jonny
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    1 decade ago
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    The Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights refers to old Civil War times when soldiers used to shack up in random houses in order to hide from opposing forces and receive room and board for free.

    "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

    Only by law will a soldier be legally able to live in someone else's house without their permission during times of war.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It would take an encyclopedia to fully explain the Fifth Amendment to the Bill of Rights, but here's a web site that does a pretty good job on one page. Good Luck and Merry Christmas.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The fifth Amendment deals with rights of the accused, it guarantees several things:

    1. The right Trial by Jury

    2. That one can't be tried for the same crime twice (although one can be tried for the same crime separately in civil and criminal courts)

    3.Nobody can be compelled to testify against themselves in court

    4. and ones property can't be taken by the government without compensation

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  • 1 decade ago

    An amendment to the Constitution of the United States that deals with the rights of accused criminals by providing for due process of law, forbidding double jeopardy, and stating that no person may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Fifth Amendment means you are free from self incrimination.

    Simply put, you don't have to say anything that would bring the possiblility of prosecution against you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It means that if you are on trial and you are called to the stand by your prosecutor, then you are under no legal or moral obligation to testify against yourself. Meaning that if you feel the prosecutor is pushing you into an answer that would hurt your case, you don't have to say anything even though you are sworn in.

    In many courts, you are required to answer any question. Questions which lawyers twist around to hurt you even if it's innocent. Not in the USA. Also, it gives you the right to refuse to take the stand even if you are supenaed(sp?) as a witness.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You have the right to remain silent. It means you do not have to answer anything that might incriminate you. This also applies to your spouse testifying against you. Trying to explain your side of the details have a way of being twisted around and could make you look guilty even though you may not be

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it is the Amendement that you can invoke while being questioned at court. The 5th give you the right not to answer questions that would implicate yourself in a crime. The only problem is, you can't pick and choose, if you say it for one question, all your testimony is strickened form the records.

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  • 1 decade ago

    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 offense 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.

    In others words, You ain't gotta say jack!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    It means just that. You have the right not to answer the question especially if it may incriminate you in some other crime.

    Basically just that you do have the right to remain silent.

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