Praxis II World and US History

Category - US Government

When people giving testimony in a court of law “plead the fifth,” which constitutional right are they invoking?
  1. The right to due process under the law
  2. The right to withhold testimony to avoid self-incrimination
  3. The right not to be tried for a crime twice
  4. The right to be indicted by a grand jury
Answer: B - “Pleading the fifth” is the invocation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically the clause which allows a person testifying in court to withhold some or all of their testimony to avoid self-incrimination. All of the other rights are covered in the Fifth Amendment, as well, but the aforementioned colloquialism does not refer to them.
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