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taking the Fifth
n. the refusal to testify on the ground that the testimony might tend to incriminate the witness in a crime, based on the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution which provides that "No person....shall be compelled to be a witness against himself," applied to state courts by the 14th Amendment. The term became famous during televised Senate committee hearings on organized crime in 1951, when a series of crime bosses "took the Fifth." (See: self-incrimination)
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"The fact that immunity has been granted to the person who sets up the server means that he can't plead the 5th
Another, Brian White, Labour MP for Milton Keynes North East, begged: "Can I plead the 5th
It was also revealed that Lewinsky will plead the 5th
amendment when she is interviewed for a second time by Paula Jones' lawyers about the alleged affair.