Why do We have the 5th Amendment?


We have the 5th Amendment because we are a democratic nation that believes all men are entitled to a fair and sound trial by jury, and that those same men are protected from being accused or tried for something unfairly. It also guarantees that no one should be tried twice for something, and that just makes sense. And finally, it guarantees that we will not have to undergo torture to make us testify against ourselves - as was the case many years ago when the accused were sometimes beaten into admission, even if they did not commit the crimes.
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The 5th Amendment exists to protect citizens from self-incrimination in a criminal trial. Without it, citizens could be forced to testify against themselves in a court of law.
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