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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True, he was hardly likely to come out and say, 'Yes, we're inviting bids on eBay starting at x amount of pounds and pence',' but he did have the option of following his US lawyer gaffer, pleading the Fifth Amendment and saying nothing.
Evidence was presented of commissioner calendar entries disappearing, multiple computers being destroyed through alleged electrical malfunctions and an oven fire, as well as interaction between Commissioner Bill Fleenor and a county employee that resulted in a civil settlement and Fleenor pleading the Fifth Amendment to avoid potential criminal prosecution.
Gordon stood silent, like an American refusenik pleading the Fifth Amendment.
After also pleading the fifth amendment when asked for his favourite horse and jockey, Stanley starts to throw the mildest of tantrums.
So Black ended up pleading the fifth amendment, which gives defendants the right not say anything that might incriminate themselves.
AMERICANS are proud of a constitution that allows anyone to refuse to answer questions by pleading the fifth amendment.
There is a concern at the highest levels of the game that Wenger is not facing up to his public responsibility, pleading the Fifth Amendment every time an Arsenal player crosses the line.
Mr Ginsburg added that Ms Lewinsky was prepared to refuse to testify by pleading the Fifth Amendment, protecting against selfincrimination, unless she was offered immunity by Mr Starr.