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Lesson 15: Fifth Amendment

Please watch this discussion of the Fifth Amendment

Fifth Amendment

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 offence 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and explain the constitutional protections in the Fifth Amendment.
  • Define and explain the grand jury process.
  • Define and explain the difference between an indictment  and a trial.


  1. Read the National Constitution Center on the Fifth Amendment.
  2. Watch the Khan Academy video on the Fifth Amendment.


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