The Fifth Amendment-Rights of Persons

AuthorRebecca Ann Taylor
ProfessionWriter and attorney
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 oense 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.1
Due Process
As American citizens, we should be able to look to the law to tell us whether
we can engage in certain activities without fear of police reprisal and the
resulting losses of liberty and sometimes more. But ofcials often allow civil
rights and due process for some but not for others, such as when police let
some groups gather and hold marches and demonstrations, but not others
1. U.S. C. amend. V.
Chapter 4
e Fifth Amendment—
Rights of Persons
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