Tag: Fifth Amendment

2012 Congressional Hearing “Season” Par for the Course – Testifying Before Congress, Update October 2012

2012 Congressional Hearing “Season” Par for the Course – Testifying Before Congress, Update October 2012

Special note to readers of Testifying Before Congress and anyone searching for information about congressional hearings, witnesses and testimony: The following information is made available to you as part of the author’s promise to provide periodic updates, revisions and additions to the content of the book (see Appendix Thirteen, page 398, “Keep Up-to-Date”), and especially […]

Depositions in Congressional Testimony

Depositions in Congressional Testimony

Under certain circumstances, congressional committee staff members may choose to depose potential witnesses and scheduled witnesses. The purpose of such depositions is to gather information in order to prepare for a hearing. This is more common in investigative hearings. photo credit: Vincent van der Pas Formal in nature, such questioning of a witness is the […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture – “Policing for Profit”

Civil Asset Forfeiture – “Policing for Profit”

  Arresting Your Cash: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers   The Washington Post has an interesting report about the huge amount of money that Fairfax County spends to go after gambling. The story cites critics who ask “why law enforcement spends valuable time and money on combating sports gambling.” The answer is obvious […]

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10 Rules for Dealing with Police

10 Rules for Dealing with Police

  10 Rules for Dealing with Police (Full-Length)   10 Rules for Dealing with Police – “10 Rules for Dealing with Police, the new film from Flex Your Rights, premiered at Cato earlier this week. If you’re interested in knowing more about how to defend your rights during encounters with law enforcement, this is a […]

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Fifth Amendment – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Fifth Amendment – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (5th Amendment) Amendment V. (Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings) No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising […]

“You were always free to go.”

“You were always free to go.”

Advocates of liberty and limited government should not concede the concept of “law and order” to those who engage in “excessive use of police powers.” Those who actually believe in law and order would hold police and prosecutors, as well as criminal suspects, to the rule of law; and that seems to be what the […]

The Fifth Amendment – Why you don’t talk to the police without  an attorney

The Fifth Amendment – Why you don’t talk to the police without an attorney

In a brilliant pair of videos, Prof. James Duane of the Regent University School of Law and Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department present a forceful case for never, ever, ever speaking to the police without your lawyer present. Ever. Never, never, never. “Law prof and cop agree: never ever ever ever […]