Thursday, September 4, 2008

Constitution Moment on the 5th Amendment

This message brought to you by the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Fayetteville, Georgia.

Our Constitution, the cornerstone of our Freedoms, was written to protect every American from
the abuse of power by government. The Fifth Amendment states that, "No person shall be ...
deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” and it protects us from double
jeopardy and incrimination. However, the phrases “innocent until proven guilty" and
“presumption of innocence” are not found in the 5th amendment nor in any part of the
Constitution. These phrases derived from English law and are part of our system and
considered common law today.


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