Monday, March 29, 2004

It's Declaratory and Restrictive Clause Time!

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb*; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation**.

*Except for civil suits, where you can be tried over and over and the standard of proof is very low.

**Unless your neighbor's kid drops 1/2 a marijuana joint in your car and you don't even know it; in that case, the cops can confiscate your vehicle without due process or compensation.

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