Fifth Amendment

Fifth Amendment - suspects. One of the most brutal...

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Fifth Amendment: Right to Remain Silent “  Taking the Fifth ” refers to the practice of invoking the right to remain silent rather than  incriminating oneself. It protects guilty as well as innocent persons who find themselves in  incriminating circumstances. This right has important implications for police interrogations, a method  that police use to obtain evidence in the form of  confessions from suspects.  The ban on forced confessions If the accused did not have the right to remain silent, the police could resort to torture, pain, and  threats. Such methods might cause an innocent person to confess to avoid further punishment. In  fact, there have been occasions in American history when the police have wrung confessions out of 
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Unformatted text preview: suspects. One of the most brutal incidents took place in 1936 and resulted in the case of Brown v. Mississippi . Police accused three black men of a murder and whipped them until they confessed. A Mississippi court sentenced the men to death, but the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the verdict. Confessions obtained by physical torture cannot serve as the basis of a conviction in state or federal courts. The rationale behind this point of law is that forced confessions offend the dignity of human beings, undermine the integrity of government, and tend to be unreliable....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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