Friday, September 17, 2010

US Constitution Series, Amendment V

Amendment V. Rights of Persons

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 offence 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.
I say less about the amendment s that have been the subject of a great deal of litigation. There is just too much information available to do justice to a few choice comments.

This amendment prohibits double jeopardy and prohibits the deprivation of life, liberty of property without due process of law. Due process means both a fair procedure and fairness in substance. Of course their can be no taking of property for a "public use" without just compensation.

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