WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — As part of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, a friend of George Floyd’s told a Minnesota court via his attorney that he plans to use something you might not know much about: the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Filed in Minnesota on Wednesday, Morries Lester Hall through his attorney said if called to testify, he will invoke Fifth Amendment privilege against self- incrimination.
For a deeper look inside what the Fifth Amendment means, News 8 spoke to a central Indiana attorney who is not connected to the trial.
Ratified in 1791, the Fifth Amendment is part of the U.S. Bill of Rights in the Constitution.
William Webster, a partner and founder at Webster & Garino LLC in Westfield, said, “Why it’s so important, to give you a little history on this, is how it used to be, is we used to get confessions from people. Sometimes, they would force confessions and they would use those confessions against them in a court proceeding. So, our founders believed it was so important that this practice not be used here in America that they incorporated it into our Bill of Rights.”
The Fifth Amendment offers several protections.
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