Fifth Amendment Purpose

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Objective The purpose of the Fifth Amendment is to protect a defendant or a witness in a court case from being held to testify, this ensures that anyone who may be in many cases in an unfit condition to testify does not falsely testify and harm the result of the case. The Fifth Amendment also ensures that a defendant cannot receive multiple punishments for the same crime. Education The Fifth Amendment was created after the abolition of the Courts of Star Chamber and High Commission. The CSCHC were the British Courts, operating from 1487-1641, they held defendants and witnesses to having to testify in a court. The CSCHC prioritized confessions over actual evidence, often pressuring the defendant or witness to provide a statement. After this

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