plead the Fifth (Amendment)

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plead the Fifth (Amendment)

1. To refuse to testify against oneself in court, in accordance with the rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The alleged kingpin of the east coast drug cartel simply pled the Fifth after every question the prosecution put to him.
2. By extension, to refuse to answer a question or provide information, especially if doing so may incriminate or embarrass oneself. Just plead the Fifth if your mom asks where you've been all night! A: "So, I hear things got pretty messy at the bar last night." B: "Yeah, I'm going to have to plead the Fifth Amendment on that one!"
See also: fifth, plead
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Asked about the dismissals Arbroath boss Dave Baikie said: "I plead the fifth amendment.
Could I plead the Fifth Amendment, or did that apply only to a handful of bananas?
Blake Hendrix, criminal defense attorney for Rogers in Little Rock, said he wasn't aware that his client decided to plead the Fifth in the First Arkansas lawsuit.
He said: "I've probably said enough about this so I'll plead the Fifth on that one.
It's crazy that we still let refs and assistants plead the fifth on key decisions.
Although Salinas was not under arrest at the time of questioning, and was therefore not read his Miranda rights, his silence was permitted to be used against him because he did not plead the Fifth Amendment.
If not, I think I will just plead the fifth amendment.
One witness in the trial actually tried to plead the Fifth Amendment rather than admit in open court to having engaged in homosexual acts with Gacy.
Plead The Fifth finished well beaten in a visor on his debut last month but he should improve a good deal and the fact Meehan fits a tongue-tie could also be significant as the trainer is 6-15 (40 per cent) with his runners wearing the aid for the first time in the past two years.
Judge Richard Fox has ruled the 23-year-old Mean Girls star cannot plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions under oath about her cocaine use.
District Attorney Tom Sneddon said in opening statements that the mother would admit obtaining welfare funds to which she was not entitled, but ABC said she may plead the Fifth Amendment.
While Gursky celebrates the sublime beauty of parliaments, exchange floors, and stores, and Hofer and Struth plead the Fifth, "documenting" with efficient objectivity, Hall focuses on mundane, unglamorous public spaces, marked by telling details: crumbling books in libraries, cracks and fading lines on highways, people who stray into the foreground of the photograph, into the viewer's space.
Timberg shows how McCain was finally compelled to tell Poindexter, in vain, "You can't become the first admiral in the history of the United States Navy to plead the Fifth.
A witness may risk being held in contempt by pleading the Fifth Amendment too soon in response to a question that a court later determines would not have elicited an incriminating answer; the witness, on the other hand, must be careful not to plead the Fifth Amendment too late and risk a court finding that the privilege was waived because of the prior answers.
He said: "I'm going to plead the fifth on the accent because we don't know what we are doing exactly yet.