This is just wrong
Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:34 AM
to exercise your right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself,
you have to remain silent from beginning to end.
you cannot answer some questions but refuse others, you must refuse ALL questions.
once you answer a question
you have in essence waived your right
and you can't go back to it.
Yes you can, you can go back. This course of logic is what the police will throw at you in intorrogations. If you have started to answer questions and then realize you might be in a world of shit, politely ask for an attorney and shut the f*ck up.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:47 AM
allow me to clarify.
there are certain cases where a person can be sworn in and compelled to testify,
such as before a grand jury or a congressional commitee, etc.
in such cases the courts have ruled that 5th amendment protection only applies if it is consistently adhered to.
in other words,
the police are one thing,
but a judge is entirely different.
once you begin answering a judge's questions
then you cannot later plead the 5th.
(Message edited by admin on April 26, 2004)
Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:31 PM