Essay about Fifth Amendment
Katrina Krolak, Katia Denis and Dan Mullen
The University of Phoenix
Georgia Mc Millen
March 17, 2008
The Fifth Amendment provides for certain personal protections including the right to avoid self-incrimination and the potential for criminal convictions based on double jeopardy. The analysis of the Fifth Amendment in this research will review the background of the amendment, and various interpretations throughout history. The impact of the Fifth Amendment on American society, and the potential for changes in the future will also be researched. The classroom text of the course U.S. constitution and the Internet will be used as sources of reference.
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Self-incrimination cases almost never were reported arguments of American lawyers or the reported decisions of American judges. There is remarkably little information on how the clauses worked in practice in the early years. During these years self-incrimination were common-law rules rather than constitutional mandates. Early-nineteenth-century lawyers seldom had the opportunity to consider the meaning or purpose of the constitutional meaning of this amendment. That is not to say no cases existed but these cases were debated outside of the courtroom. Four established common-law rules interacted together effectively making self-incrimination provision in the constitution wholly superfluous (Witt, 1999). An example of this practice is apparent at a Pretrial Examination, common-law relied on the Justices of the Peace to interrogate the accused and report to the courts for the introduction of the trial. The Justice of the Peace was not sworn in so the statement was not taken under oath, this system was designed to elicit and to use self-incriminating…