SCOTUS: The 5th Amendment is a "Privilege"Submitted by PH's Liberty on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 02:47
by Melissa Melton
June 30, 2013
Basically, if you’re ever in any trouble with police...and want to keep your mouth shut, you will need to announce that you’re invoking your Fifth Amendment right instead of, you know, just keeping your mouth shut. ‘Petitioner’s Fifth Amendment claim fails because he did not expressly invoke the privilege against self-incrimination in response to the officer’s question,’ reads the opinion from Justice Samuel Alito, which Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts backed.
The Supreme Court’s decision implies that, in order for our God-given natural rights as listed in the Bill of Rights to protect us, we must verbally invoke them first. I didn’t realize the Amendments came with ‘magic words’.
SCOTUS Majority Opinion: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-246_7l48.pdf