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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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It might have made more sense for him to look himself the mirror and plead the Fifth Amendment.
But Little chose to plead the Fifth Amendment, which allows citizens not to testify so as not to incriminate themselves after it was revealed his cell phone -- a key piece of evidence in the case -- may have been compromised.
Elsewhere in the performance, Cave gave his thoughts on the Second City derby, with one fan asking: "Nick, if you were from Birmingham, would you support the mighty Aston Villa or the rubbish Birmingham City?" Stopping for a moment, Cave asked: "And they are football teams?" He decided wisely to plead the fifth, before the fan in question asked: "Do you want me to sing you a song?" "Wrestle the microphone from that guy," Cave laughed.
According to People, Hilton featured on Tuesday's episode of 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' where she was asked to say three nice things about the 'Mean Girls' star during a game of Plead the Fifth.
Dumais said it is her understandingthat some divorce attorneys advise their clients to "plead the Fifth" when asked about adultery because it is a crime.
"While I will have to plead the Fifth Amendment when it comes to football generally, I've heard Liverpool are winning a lot at the moment.
'I mean, I would confirm it was romantic,' Fox said during the game of 'Plead the Fifth' on an episode of 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' uploaded via YouTube on Nov.
If you were wondering about the heading of this section, I am aware that one does not "plead the Fifth" in court.
At first, the victim resisted; but over time, the years of abuse that Cody had inflicted on her had their desired effect, and by the time of the preliminary hearing she declared that she would plead the Fifth. We offered her immunity; she refused.
During his recent appearance on "(http://www.bravotv.com/watch-what-happens-live-with-andy-cohen/personal-space/bryan-adams-dishes-princess-diana) Watch What Happens (http://www.bravotv.com/watch-what-happens-live-with-andy-cohen/personal-space/bryan-adams-dishes-princess-diana) Live ," the Canadian rocker participated in the game called Plead the Fifth. The objective of the game is to answer all questions truthfully.
Coloccini, seeking private assurances that Newcastle would kick on if he committed his longterm future, was happy to in his the form deals plead the fifth.