A Note on the Fifth

The fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees no citizen “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Neither prosecutor nor jury nor judge can compel a defendant to take the witness stand in his own criminal trial: however, and I find this interesting enough to run it through the blog today, if a defendant chooses to take the stand and testify then he cannot choose to answer some questions and refuse others. His right to the Fifth is considered waived, and he must answer truthfully and completely like anyone else.

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