With regards to the new Mailbag article at http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mfifth.html :
The double-jeopardy clause and the witness-against-himself clause are the ones they use in cop shows and Perry Mason all the time.
But … the two clauses that may (I hope!) start to become more important in coming years are the due-process clause and the just-compensation clause.
I feel that the current forfeiture laws – which allow property to be seized and sold if there is a suspicion of illegal drug activity, and require the alleged criminal to sue the gov’t to get the property back even if the drug crime charges are dropped – violate the Due Process clause of the fifth amendment. I likewise feel that the current “wetlands” laws – by which your property automatically becomes property of the State gov’t if it has standing water on it for more than 7 days a year, without you getting paid for the loss – violate the Just Compensation clause of the fifth amendment.
These topics may be better suited for the Great Debates forum than the Mailbag Comments forum, but hey – you brought up the Fifth Amendment, not me.
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