Don’t Overlook The Fifth

First Amendment got you down? Well why not try the Fifth? The Slate’s Peter Scheer notes that “journalists have been so mired in the debate about the First Amendment protections they lack, that they have overlooked the protections the rest of the Constitution might afford.”

The Fifth Amendment “has gotten a bad rep because of its long association with organized criminals” and the perception that implies guilt. More Scheer: “In fact, the Fifth Amendment does not so much imply guilt as it does a refusal to be of assistance to the government in meeting its burden of proving guilt. Why offer to help a prosecutor who is intent on putting you in jail?”