Jusme wrote:Abraham wrote:Are there any cases where someone other than a gangster or other miscreant took the fifth and the majority of law abiding citizens would say, he/she's a good person and this is an example of some persecuted, innocent needing to take the fifth and good for them?
At this point, as far as I can recall, only questionable, (read, mostly dirtbags) take the fifth.
Anyone have a good example of a good person taking the fifth?
During the Mcarthy hearings, several people plead the fifth, even though they were only being "accused" of being, or associating with, Communists. There was no crime being committed, and all they were trying to do was discredit people. I'm sure there are others, but unless your last name is Clinton, lying under oath is a crime while pleading the fifth is not.
Yes it's a crime, but the FBI will not recommend prosecution unless they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you fully intended to commit that crime. And they won't ask you any questions about your intent or try in any other way to gather evidence on your intent.
At least that's how it works for Her Royal Highness. Mere subjects might have more to worry about.