Definition of take (or plead) the Fifth Amendment in English:

take (or plead) the Fifth Amendment

phrase

  • (in the US) exercise the right, guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, of refusing to answer questions in order to avoid incriminating oneself.

    ‘he took the Fifth Amendment when questioned about the apparently flawed bankruptcy filing’
    • ‘During the trial, she refused to testify about the welfare matter, pleading the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘Her lawyers said she would take the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination if the panel subpoenaed her.’
    • ‘Then he was asked, are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’
    • ‘He pleaded the Fifth Amendment and was sentenced to six months in jail.’
    • ‘I don't know if he testified or he took the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘When he announced he would take the Fifth Amendment if grilled by defense attorneys on the new allegations, prosecutors dropped him from the witness list.’
    • ‘He's showing up, apparently no immunity was granted, he is not taking the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘He said through his attorney that he would plead the Fifth Amendment if subpoenaed.’
    • ‘The Army dentist took the Fifth Amendment multiple times in connection with his affiliation with the Communist Party.’
    • ‘I was asked seven questions to which I also pleaded the Fifth Amendment.’