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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Pleading the Fifth.

In constitutional law class this week we were discussing the incorporation of the Bill of Rights to the states. This includes the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Consequently, I had to tell the following story of a deposition I took a couple of years ago in Arizona.

After preparing, flying and driving to the far-flung locale, my first question was: "What is your name?" The deponent's answer was: "I plead the Fifth."

My next question: "Have you ever had your deposition taken before?" Answer: "I plead the Fifth."

"Are you going to answer each question I ask by pleading the Fifth?" You know what he said.

"I plead the Fifth!"