1) There are some dramatic conclusions being drawn today - I don't want to repeat them, and won't - about the use of the 5th Amendment protection. Some who should know better summarize it, in an historic document, as the right against self-recrimination. This is so very wrong.
2) Let's look at the amendment itself, and read slowly, and carefully, listening for the actual purpose and meaning within the words themselves: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or ...
3) 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; ...
4) 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.
5) Note the phrase "nor shall be compelled to be in any criminal case a witness against himself." There is absolutely NO indication of implied guilt. NOT an attorney, I cannot speak to legal doctrine. I can, however, read the words. In them, I see NO indication of guilt.
6) But let's get to the real point. Implication. Guilt by implication. That is the main mode of attack today. Consider the entire Russia Collusion case. Nothing, not one thing other than the implication of guilt. No evidence. No proof. Not even any logic. Sound and fury, sure...
7) but absolutely NO case there. There is NO there, there. And so also with the way the media and politicians reference the use of one's absolute right to 5th amendment protection. Let us be cautious in lowering the guard of our own mind's capabilities. Think, for yourself.
8) And NEVER allow guilt by implication to determine your own judgement. Should you judge someone guilty, seek evidence, not spin. And always remain loyal to those you've given your support. Be ready to reject false judgements...by implication alone.
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