posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 07:14 PM
Originally posted by boymonkey74
Hold on can she not plead the 5th? I have seen it on Telly plead the 5th .
Like someone said sign of the times isnt it?.
The 5th Amendment is to prevent you from giving testimony which would incriminate you, personally. You can't be forced to hang yourself in any way,
whatsoever. That's what the 'Right to Remain Silent' is about.
In this Grand Jury, she was given 100% immunity from any prosecution or consequences against her for anything she said about anything she'd done. She
was being asked for her direct knowledge related to the crimes of others and her part in them, as an immunized witness. That immunity from prosecution
negates the 5th amendment by definition.
I'm really not sure how well this would work in a real trial with a court room and a judge, but a Grand Jury is nothing close to that and the rules
are all different inside that room. Always have been. In very real ways, you have almost no rights in a Grand Jury.
They are after only one thing though, an Indictment. No guilty/not guilty verdicts. Nothing else. Just whether an indictment is proper to carry the
case to a trial.......which is WHY the rules are different.
Just my help in clarifying our rather odd system (in some ways)..knowing your coming from a UK perspective.