The U.S. government’s recurring threats to prosecute journalists who receive classified documents may have created an avenue for some reporters to evade testimony at least in civil cases – by asserting a Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, says Marcy Wheeler. By Marcy Wheeler An appellate decision on the long-running dispute between a former prosecutor and the…
Lois Lerner’s problems began in 2013 when she appeared before the House Oversight Committee and pleaded the Fifth Amendment regarding the harrassment of conservatives seeking to be non-profit. The scandal became more complicated when it was discovered that nearly 24,000... The post New Documents Mark Third Year of IRS Scandal appeared first on.
You can be forced to hand over bank records even if they incriminate you, so forget claiming the Fifth Amendment. With offshore accounts, the government holds all the cards.
Washington Examiner, With New Documents, Stench of IRS Scandal Reaches Into its Third Year: In 2013, Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS non-profit section, pleaded the Fifth Amendment before the House Oversight Committee. She had been called to testify about her division's unjustifiable harassment of conservative applicants for nonprofit...
The Fifth Amendment prohibits the taking of private property for public use without just compensation. Still, Congress, regulatory agencies, and even the Supreme Court have each played their part in making receipt of just compensation...Show More Summary
Leo Messi is not known for his outspokenness, and given half a chance, he usually pleads the fifth amendment and avoids any controversy. And when asked about his Barcelona teammate Neymar’s banning from the Copa America, that’s the exact...Show More Summary
It’s raining raisin rights! The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1, as a Cato amicus brief had urged, that the Horne family of California have a Fifth Amendment right to compensation for the government’s seizure of half their raisin crop as part of an agricultural marketing order program. Show More Summary
The Supreme Court rules an agricultural price-support program that requires farmers to turn over their crop could be unconstitutional.
Back when Verizon sued to overturn the FCC's 2010 net neutrality rules, the telco argued that the FCC was aggressively and capriciously violating the company's First and Fifth Amendment rights. According to Verizon's argument at theShow More Summary
Courts have ruled that the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination does not apply to corporations, but a recent case challenged that notion.
"I'm famous!" Forget the Dislike button. Facebook needs a "Fifth Amendment" button. We always figured the compulsion of users to share every little detail of their lives could one day lead to a criminal prosecution, since it's only a matter of time before someone ends up being bored to death. Show More Summary
With the United States Supreme Court hearing oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture -- a case concerning the application of the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment Takings Clause to raisin farmers, it seems an appropriate time to review some of the basics of American takings, or eminent domain, law. Show More Summary
California raisin grower Marvin Horne is taking his fight to prevent the federal government from grabbing the fruits of his labor without “just compensation” all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 1937 Agricultural Marketing Agreement...Show More Summary
Investor's Business Daily editorial, Lois Lerner Gets Off - Hillary Clinton Breathes Easier: The Justice Department says Lois Lerner, who used her IRS office to target the Tea Party, didn't waive her Fifth Amendment rights before Congress and won't be prosecuted for contempt over her missing emails.... Lois Lerner,...
Federal prosecutors said they did not agree with House Republicans’ claims that Lois Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate herself at hearings on the agency’s treatment of conservative groups.
At issue is whether the former IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement proclaiming her innocence over the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
Quick: the Fifth Amendment protects which commonly violated civil liberty?If you answered "the right not to incriminate yourself," founding father James Madison, who wrote the Bill of Rights, would've appreciatively clapped you on the shoulder. Show More Summary
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The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment forbids the government from taking private for property for a public use without the payment of just compensation. Yet in May 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the federal...Show More Summary
The Fifth Amendment provides in pertinent part, No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself. This means that a defendant in a criminal case has a right to remain silent and not testify during his trial. The prosecution cannot call him as a witness or [...]