What does it mean when someone says that they plead the fifth
They are refering to the fith amendment which in part protects you from prosecuting yourself. It is kind of an oxymoron when you think about it.
***No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on 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.**
Indeed, it refers to the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, and the relevant part is "...nor shall any person ... be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself ... "
It is NOT protection from 'prosecuting' yourself, but rather protection from being legally forced to incriminate yourself.
I think its were if they say it then you dont have to tell them what they wanted to know. but im not sure I only heard the whole fifth thing off commercials...<3
lol I've been thinking about that all day!
that they dont have to answer