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Politics & Public Policy

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Pleading the Fifth

Monday, March 11, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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2701 Carroll Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44113

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The phrase "pleading the Fifth" has become part of our national lexicon. It's often used by witnesses to indicate their refusal to answer questions when the answers might serve to incriminate them: simply put, what a person doesn't say cannot be used against him/her. The self-incrimination clause, part of the Fifth Amendment ratified in 1791 as part of the original Bill of Rights, has been used throughout history. However, it has invaded the national consciousness recently as many notable figures have invoked its rights in high-profile cases: Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny invoked the privilege when testifying before a Senate ... more

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